LISTEN: Dorset Children Among Growing Number Suffering Abuse and Going Unnoticed
12:45pm 18th April 2013
"More needs to be done to stop children coming to harm in Dorset", so says the NSPCC.
A new report released today (Thursday 18th April) shows fewer children are dying as a result of homicide, assault or suicide, but concerns have been raised over child abuse figures that remain high.
According to the report, How Safe are our Children, for every child in the UK subject to a protection plan or on child protection registers, another 8 have suffered maltreatment and are slipping through the net.
Over 600 minors are on child protection plans in Dorset.
The children's charity, which runs local services to support vulnerable children and their families across Dorset is calling for a new approach to child protection, aimed at stopping child abuse and maltreatment before it starts.
A scheme called the Childline School Service now runs in our local schools where experts talk to children about identifying signs of abuse. It's hoped any concerns children may have will then be reported to their teachers.
NSPCC Project Leader Sarah Allen says with recent cutbacks Child Protection Services have significantly less manpower to meet demand and some young people are going under the radar. She hopes raising awareness in schools will result in those suffering abuse reporting it to adults.
To find out more about the services the NSPCC offers to local children and families or how you can support the charity’s work click here.