According to the NSPCC 58,000 children were identified to needing protection from abuse in the UK.
How can you help?
Child abuse is a sensitive topic and one that everyone hopes to never have to see or deal with. However, according to the NSPCC, over 58,000 children were identified to needing protection from abuse in the UK in 2016. These shocking statistics highlight the importance of being able to identify child abuse so they can understand how to report it or prevent it from happening again. From any slight concern, even if you think it is insignificant or wrong, can change or even save a child’s life.
How can you recognise child abuse?
Spot the signs using ABC.
Appearance; distinguishing unusual injuries or an consistent un-kept appearance.
Behaviour; noticing the child becoming withdrawn, unusually disruptive or any general sudden changes.
Communication; the child speaking aggressively, using sexual language or becoming secretive.
What can you do?
Recognising child abuse can be hard and someone can become hesitant to report it just incase they are wrong. It can be even harder when you may know the potential abuser and what the consequences will be.
However, any slight concern or worry you have about a child shouldn’t be dismissed. All your details can be kept confidential but the information you give may be vital. Only by alerting the relevant professionals is allowing them to access the situation and take an informed decision to what is best for the child. Whatever the situation is, the child’s well-being will be paramount.
Statistics from the NSPCC show that reports of sexual offences against children have increased sharply in England and that over 70,000 children are in care. It is vital to continue to protect children and keep them safe from any harm at all times.
Foster carers make an incredible difference to the lives of children. They provide a loving home, safe from harm and give children endless opportunites for their future. If you can make a difference and keep a child safe, please contact recruitment team and enquire about becoming a foster carer.