Over 100 sex offences against under-8s recorded in Warwickshire last year - The Rugby Observer

Over 100 sex offences against under-8s recorded in Warwickshire last year

Rugby Editorial 6th Aug, 2019   0

MORE THAN 100 sexual offences against children under the age of eight took place in Warwickshire last year.

A Freedom of Information request to police forces by the NSPCC shows that 117 offences were recorded by Warwickshire Police in 2018/19.

The charity also found there were at least 7,618 recorded sexual offences against children aged four to eight nationally.

It also revealed that hundreds of under-11s across the UK contacted Childline about sexual abuse last year.

In response, the NSPCC is relaunching its Talk PANTS campaign, which helps parents with children aged eight and under to have talk about staying safe from sexual abuse.

The charity’s PANTS rules, Pantosaurus song and activity pack help parents find the right words to tackle the subject.

The charity has also produced new videos which show children using the PANTS activities.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: “It is very concerning that the number of recorded sexual offences against young children is at such a high level and it is vital we do more to help them stay safe from sexual abuse.

“That is why Talk PANTS is such an important tool for parents as it enables them to have vital conversations with their child in an age-appropriate way.”

Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/pants for more information.

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