Call for new PCC to prioritise battle against child sex abuse

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With the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections less than a month away, the NSPCC is writing to each candidate to ask them to pledge support for the charity’s It’s Time campaign.

Every year over half a million children are abused in the UK, the equivalent of two children in every primary school classroom.

The majority are unable to access the support and care they desperately need and the NSPCC believes it’s time this changed.

We all have a choice about how a child’s life is shaped after abuse.

Commissioners will have control over budgets and vital services which would ensure victims of child abuse get support.

The Prime Minister has rightly prioritised child sexual abuse as a national threat – last year in Sussex there were 1,212 child sex offences reported to police.

Over 330 of these cases involved children aged 10 and under. We know that therapeutic support can help transform children’s lives.

Through setting it as a strategic priority, the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex can best ensure that abused children have access to the timely, evidence based support services they desperately need to overcome their ordeal.

Colin Peak

Regional Head of Service for London & the South East

NSPCC

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