Wednesday 16 October 2013

Ayden's Law - @Aydenslaw Beat Bullying!


Photo of Ayden Olson
On 14 March 2013, 14 year old Ayden Olson took his own life. 

He'd been bullied to death. Tragically, Ayden's name is only the latest to be added to a growing list. But while the victims themselves may have found peace, their families are left behind, scarred forever by the agony of losing a child.
Ayden's Law is a campaign on behalf of all those young people, their families and any child or young person being bullied today.

BeatBullying, The Sun, and families of children like Ayden are calling on the Prime Minister to take action. We want to call a summit with him and relevant ministers to discuss how we can prevent any more tragedies — and the creation of Ayden's Law, a new children's anti-bullying bill designed to stop bullying in our society once and for all.

For more on Ayden's Law click HERE 


“Our wonderful 14 year-old son Ayden died on the 14th of March 2013 - his spirit defeated, he was bullied to death at school and driven... out of pain and despair... to take his own life.
“We miss him so much. Our hearts just ache for him and as we try to adjust to a life without him, we have committed to carrying his dreams of bully free schools ahead with Ayden's Law.”

Saturday 12 October 2013

How Safe Are Our Children? - NSPCC research @NSPCC

How safe are our children?

NSPCC research

How safe are our children

April 2013

This report compiles the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across each of the four nations in the UK.
It sets out 19 different indicators and each indicator looks at the question from a different perspective. These indicators will be regularly updated as new statistics are published.
The report allows us not only to understand how many children are being abused and neglected, but also to track progress so that society can be held to account for its responsibility to children. Only by monitoring the extent of child abuse and neglect in the UK can we judge whether efforts to prevent maltreatment and to protect children are working.

Key messages

The number of children experiencing abuse and neglect and those known to services
The report finds that in some ways today's children are safer from abuse and neglect than those of previous generations but worrying levels of abuse still remain.
Even though there has been an increase in the number of children being made subject to child protection plans or registers, the report finds that:
"for every child subject to a child protection plan or on a child protection register in the UK, we estimate that there are likely to be around eight other children who have suffered maltreatment."
The report also looks at nine key risk factors that can put children at an increased risk of maltreatment.

Key findings

The report shows that:
  • the child homicide rate is in decline and fewer children are dying as a result of assault or suicide in England, Wales or Scotland but still more than one child a week dies because of maltreatment
  • one in five children today have experienced serious physical abuse, sexual abuse or severe physical or emotional neglect at some point in their lifetime
  • new threats are emerging, particularly with the increasing amount of time children spend in the digital world
  • the public is becoming more vigilant; in the past three years there has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of people coming forward to report concerns about abuse and neglect to the NSPCC
  • children who are referred to social services are more likely to receive an assessment or be subject to some further action compared with five years ago
  • "drift" in decision-making seems to be lessening as shown by a decrease in the proportion of children subject to child protection plans or registers for more than two years
  • more children are coming off child protection plans or registers after shorter periods of time and not being re-registered, suggesting that risk is being reasonably assessed
  • the proportion of looked-after children who have had more than three placements has decreased in England and Wales, suggesting an improvement in placement stability.

Download the full report: How safe are our children? (PDF, 2.5MB)

Please cite as: Harker, L., Jütte, S., Murphy, T., Bentley, H., Miller, P., Fitch, K., (2013) How safe are our children? London: NSPCC. Available
See also the 19 separate indicators used to assess how safe our children are.

Contact the NSPCC Information Service with any question about child abuse, child neglect or protection

Friday 4 October 2013

U.K Statistics on Child Sexual Abuse - Sept 2013 @NSPCC

Statistics on child sexual abuse

A compilation of the key statistics on child sexual abuse from research and official publications

September 2013

  • 1 in 20 children have been sexually abused.
  • Over 90% of children who have experienced sexual abuse, were abused by someone they knew.
  • 18,915 sexual crimes against children under 16 were recorded in England and Wales in 2012/13.

Research statistics on the prevalence of child sexual abuse

Child abuse and neglect in the UK today (Radford et al, 2011) is a major piece of NSPCC research which interviewed over 6,000 young adults, adolescents and parents of younger children.
Participants were asked whether anyone had tried to make them do anything sexual whilst they were under the age of 18 years. Parents of  children aged under 11 years responded on their child's behalf. Older teenagers and young adults were also asked if they had done sexual things with an adult when they were still under 16 years or with an adult in a position of trust whilst they were still under 18 years.
This research uses a definition of sexual abuse that includes any unwanted sexual activity, as well as criminal sexual activity with an adult, where physical contact took place. It excludes non-contact sexual abuse (such as flashing or saying sexual things) as well as "consensual" sexual activity between adolescents.
The figures below are all based on the reports from young people aged 11-17 years. These reports give us the best picture of the experiences of children today.
  • One in 20 children (4.8%) have experienced contact sexual abuse.
  • Over 90% of children who experienced sexual abuse, were abused by someone they knew.*
  • More than one in three children (34%) who experienced contact sexual abuse by an adult did not tell anyone else about it.
  • Four out of five children (82.7%) who experienced contact sexual abuse from a peer did not tell anyone else about it.
From: Radford, Lorraine, Corral, Susana, Bradley, Christine, Fisher, Helen, Bassett, Claire, Howat, Nick and Collishaw, Stephan (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today . London: NSPCC.
* Not in the published report, based on additional analysis of the data.

Child protection register statistics

  • There were 2,926 children in the UK on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans under a category that included sexual abuse on 31 March 2012 (or 31 July 2012 in Scotland).
  • 6% of all the children on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans in the UK were under a category that included sexual abuse on 31 March 2012 (or 31 July 2012 in Scotland).
For a breakdown by nation and the source of these figures please visit our page on child protection register statistics .

Crime statistics on sex offences

England and Wales
  •  18,915 sexual crimes against children under 16 were recorded in England and Wales in 2012/13.
  • 35% of all sexual crimes (53,540 sexual crimes in total) recorded in England and Wales in 2012/13 were sexual crimes against children under 16.
  • In 2012/13 the police in England and Wales recorded: 
  • 5,156 offences of rape of a female child under 16
  • 1,138 offences of rape of a male child under 16
  • 4,171 offences of sexual assault on a female child under 13
  • 1,267 offences of sexual assault on a male child under 13
  • 6,634 offences of sexual activity involving a child under 16
  • 176 offences of abuse of children through prostitution and pornography
  • 373 offences of sexual grooming.
  • In 2012/13 the police in England and Wales also recorded 192 offences of abuse of a position of trust involving a child under 18.
  • More than one third (39%) of all rapes recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2012/13 were committed against children under 16 years of age.
Police recorded over 23,000 sex offences against children aged under 18 years in England and Wales between April 2010 and March 2011.
From: Information obtained by NSPCC from all 43 police forces in England and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act. See: NSPCC (2012)Figures obtained by the NSPCC reveal sixty child sex offences a day. NSPCC press release 4 April 2012 . London: NSPCC.

Offender statistics

  • 40,345 individuals were registered as sexual offenders in England and Wales on 31 March 2012.
It is not possible to establish the number of sexual offenders against children in the UK, as the age of the victim of the sex offence is not given. Therefore these figures include sex offenders against adults as well as sex offenders against children.
From: Ministry of Justice (2012) Table 1. In: Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) annual report 2011/12 (PDF) .London: Ministry of Justice.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the NSPCC received the following information from the National Police Improvement Agency:
  • 61,397 offenders are on the Sex Offenders Register

  • Of these, 29,837 are on the Register for sexual offences against children

  • 941 offenders on the Register for offences against children have re-offended.
From: NSPCC (2012) Nearly a thousand registered child sex abusers reoffended . NSPCC press release, 18 November 2012. London: NSPCC.
  • 60-70% of child sex offenders target girls only, about 20-33% boys only, and about 10% children of either sex.
  • "The majority of perpetrators sexually assault children known to them, with about 80% of offences taking place in the home of either the offender or the victim."
From: Grubin, Don (1998) Sex offending against children: understanding the risk (PDF) . London: Home Office. pp.v-vi and p.26.
  • Retrospective studies present a broad consensus that between 23-40% of all alleged sexual abuse of children and young people is perpetrated by other young people, mainly adolescents.
From: NSPCC (2013) Harmful sexual behaviour: NSPCC research briefing . London: NSPCC.
Horne, al (1991) Sexual abuse of children by children. Journal of Child Law, 3(4): 147-151.
Kelly, L., Regan, L. and Burton, S. (1991) An exploratory study of the prevalence of sexual abuse in a sample of 16-21 year olds. London: Polytechnic of North London, Child Abuse Studies Unit.
Morrison, T. (1999) Is there a strategy out there? In: Erooga, M. and Masson, H. (eds) Children and young people who sexually abuse others: challenges and responses. London: Routledge.
Royal Belfast Hospital and Queen's University of Belfast (1990) Child sexual abuse in Northern Ireland: a research study of incidence. Antrim: Greystone Books.

Children talking to ChildLine about sexual abuse

  • Children talking to ChildLine about sexual abuse
    Mariathasan, Jeevi
    London: NSPCC, 2010
    A ChildLine casenote based on analysis of calls to ChildLine about sexual abuse from April 2008 to March 2009.  Looks at the number of children counselled, additional problems children talk about, types of sexual abuse reported, age and gender breakdown of callers and perpetrators.
  • Calls to ChildLine about sexual abuse
    London: NSPCC, 2007
    A ChildLine casenote based on analysis of calls to ChildLine about sexual abuse from April 2005 to March 2006. Includes statistics on sexual abuse including who children tell and what happens then, and the victim-offender relationship.


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