From today, the Government has launched a campaign, Stop Abuse Together, which aims to help to keep children safe from sexual abuse.
It’s estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn 16.
Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse.
That’s why it is so important that everyone knows the signs to look out for and where to go for support if you are concerned. This includes:-
- Has the child’s behaviour changed? – Have their sleeping patterns / eating habits changed? Are they being secretive? Do they seem scared?
- Has their mood changed? – Do they seem distracted or distant? Do they seem worried, angry or aggressive? Do they lack interest or motivation?
- Are the people around them safe? – Is someone around the child acting in a way that concerns you? Is the child being singled out? Do they have new friends? Are they getting gifts? Are they going missing?
- Does the child look like they are safe / well taken care of? – Do they have any injuries? Do they have poor hygiene / look neglected?
The Government’s Stop Abuse Together campaign highlights the signs to look out for, encouraging parents / carers to have conversations with their child to help to keep them safe and know when to ask for support.
If you feel that something isn’t right, you can contact the NSPCC helpline number on 0808 800 5000.
All children have a right to be safe from sexual abuse and we all have a role to play in keeping them safe.
Let’s stop abuse together.