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Big Increase in Child Sex Crimes in Yorkshire

Big Increase in Child Sex Crimes in Yorkshire

Published by Jon Burke at 12:06am 24th October 2019.

There's been a big increase in recorded sexual offences against children in North Yorkshire and Humberside, according to data obtained by the NSPCC.

There were 76,204 recorded offences including rape, grooming and sexual assault against children in the UK in 2018/19 – an average of one every seven minutes.

9,394 of those offences were recorded by police forces in the Yorkshire & Humber area.

Offences in North Yorkshire have gone up by 76.7% in the four years between 2014-15 and 2018-19, from 624 to 1,103.

In Humberside there's been an increase of 53.9% over that time, from 888 to 1,367.

Children who've suffered sexual abuse will often need extensive support, but overstretched services are failing to keep pace with demand and the NSPCC is calling for a radical reshaping of how this support is delivered across the country.

A total of 44 out of 45 police forces across the UK provided the NSPCC with the latest data on sexual offences against under 18s after a Freedom of Information request.

NSPCC CEO, Peter Wanless, said:

“Record numbers of child sexual offences means we are facing a nationwide crisis in the help available for tens of thousands of children. 

These children are bravely disclosing what happened to them but in too many cases there is not enough timely, joined up and child-friendly support. Instead they are shunted from overstretched service to service.

We need a radical rethink in the way we help these young people, otherwise they could struggle for the rest of their lives with long term, deep seated trauma.”

The charity is calling for the provision of specialised services around the country, with an emphasis on early joined up support from police, local NHS services, children’s services and advocacy for children who have experienced sexual abuse, offered in child-friendly spaces.

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