Serious child abuse reports to NSPCC Helpline at all time high
CALLS to the
NSPCC Helpline reporting suspected child abuse and neglect have
reached record levels, the charity has revealed. From April 2010 to
March 2011, trained NSPCC counsellors working on the 24 hour
freephone:- 0808 800 5000, service referred 16,385 serious cases to
police or social services. These include cases from the Southport.
This is 37% higher than the previous year and the biggest annual
increase in referrals to the Helpline yet recorded.
Recent NSPCC research found nearly one in five secondary school
children in the UK has been severely maltreated during childhood,
most commonly through neglect1. There are currently around 46,000
children of all ages on a local child protection plan or register,
and 6,798 in the North West.
The NSPCC is calling for a major shift in UK child protection policy
towards earlier and more effective intervention in child cruelty
cases. This relies on people taking swift action to report any
concerns about a child being maltreated.
Almost half (46%) the people who contacted the Helpline last year
were reporting concerns so serious they needed to be passed on to
the authorities - up from 39% the previous year.
John Cameron, head of the NSPCC Helpline, said:- “We must pick
up on children's problems as early as we can to stop their abuse.
Social workers cannot be in the community all the time. But members
of the public can be their eyes and ears. The NSPCC Helpline
provides advice and counselling to people who have concerns about a
child. It also brings abused and neglected children to the attention
of local agencies and act as a gateway to local services. The
increase in referrals over the last year shows more people want to
play their part in keeping children safe. We refer only the most
serious cases to local agencies for further investigation. More than
one in three of these cases involve families previously unknown to
Last year, the Helpline made 12,296 referrals about suspected child
cruelty following contacts from neighbours and members of the public
- up 4,588 (60%) from the previous year.
Other people contacting the Helpline included parents, other family
members, and professionals such as teachers or health workers.
The biggest increase in referrals last year was for neglect, which
jumped 81% to 6,438 cases. Neglect remains the top reason for people
contacting the helpline. We also referred 4,113 cases of reported
physical abuse, 1,520 cases of sexual abuse and 2,932 cases of
John Cameron continued:- “The rise in serious child abuse
calls shows our Helpline is needed as much as ever. It only takes a
few seconds to contact us. We urge people in Southport not to
hesitate even if they have doubts. It could be the difference
between life and death for a child.”
Anyone with concerns about a child should call the NSPCC Helpline
on:- 0808 800 5000. They can also
or make a report
THRILL SEEKERS SOUGHT
MERSEY TUNNEL ABSEIL
raising funds to retain a mentoring scheme for vulnerable young
people in Merseyside is on the search for thrill seekers with a head
for heights. Leading charity Action for Children, which
supports disadvantaged and vulnerable youngsters and their families,
is looking for people from across the area to take part in a 164ft
abseil from the top of the iconic Mersey Tunnel. The event,
which takes place on Sunday 19 June, aims to raise thousands towards
the £120,000 total needed to keep the Merseyside Junior Mentoring
scheme going. The project matches children aged between five and 11
with a carefully trained adult mentor who volunteers their time and
meets with the child on a weekly basis for one year. These sessions
help children, who are often struggling with behavioural
difficulties, build communication skills, try new or different
activities and have valuable time with someone independent of their
family or school. Diane Goodier, Action for Children fundraiser,
said:- “It costs just under £5,000 to mentor one child for the
year but the end results of the relationship are priceless. Taking
part in the abseil is a truly exhilarating experience and I hope
people are inspired to get involved by the knowledge they will be
raising money for a project which makes a real difference to the
lives of families and children in Merseyside.”
Registration for the abseil costs £30 and includes qualified
instructors and all necessary equipment. Participants are required
to raise £100 in sponsorship for Action for Children. It is
also possible to support the mentoring project by making a donation
online. Action for Children’s innovative fundraising
website that provides a
quick, simple and secure way of donating to the project. For
more information and to register, please contact the fundraising
office on:- 01925 715385 or via
Support group for secondary breast cancer patients
THERE is a
CAMEO role for every woman attending a new support group for women
with breast cancer in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire
CAMEO (Come and Meet Each Other) meets on the last Tuesday of each
month in the Salus Centre at Southport and Formby District General
It is specifically for women who have had a diagnosis of secondary
(metastatic) breast cancer.
Breast care nurse Trish Watkins said:- “Relatively little is
known about women’s experiences of secondary breast cancer in
comparison with those diagnosed with primary breast cancer.
There is rightly lots of support for women who develop breast cancer
but less so for those who have a secondary diagnosis. The nearest
similar group to ours is in Manchester.
The support group meets in a safe, friendly and confidential
environment. We look forward to welcoming new members.”
If you want further information about the group, contact Trish
Watkins who is a Breast Care Nurse via calling:- 01704 704087 Sheila Jones, Palliative Care
Nurse on:- 01704 704540.
Usdaw calls for equal rights for parents who adopt
Usdaw's Annual Delegate Meeting (ADM) in Blackpool have
overwhelmingly backed a call for parents who adopt to be given the
same rights to parental leave and pay as that currently received by
At the moment pregnant women have a legal right of up to 52 weeks'
maternity leave, regardless of length of service, while to be
eligible for adoption leave, an employee must have at least 26
weeks' continuous service with their employer. Mothers who give
birth qualify for maternity pay at 90% of average weekly earnings
for the first 6 weeks, followed by standard maternity pay of just
over £128 per week or 90% of your earnings, whichever is lower.
Adoptive parents are only entitled to statutory adoption pay of just
over £128 per week.
The position is even worse if adoptions take place privately, as is
often the case in difficult family situations, as the new adoptive
parents in these circumstances are not entitled to any adoption pay
or adoption leave.
Usdaw will now lobby the government to change these different
eligibility rules which it says are unfair and discriminatory and
reflect the continuing low status and lack of recognition afforded
to parents who adopt.
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:- "The current
unequal treatment faced by adopters is simply wrong. Whether a child
comes into a family by birth or by adoption should make no
difference. All children need time to bond with their parents and no
new parent should have to worry about whether they will get time off
work to spend the first important few months with their child.
Usdaw campaigns hard to improve rights for adoptive parents and we
have achieved some notable improvements through our negotiations
with employers. We lobbied the government for statutory adoption pay
and were delighted when Labour introduced it in 2007, but it is now
time for parents who adopt to be given equal rights to leave and
MURDER INVESTIGATION AT
MANOR HOTEL - EDGE LANE
Police have named the man who was found dead at a hotel on Edge Lane
on Sunday, 17 April 2011, as being 29 year old Thomas James
Thompson. Mr Thompson, who is from Liverpool, was found at 9am in a
room at the Manor Hotel. His next of kin have now been informed.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Green, said:- "The victim was
found at his room in the hotel and since the discovery we have been
making extensive enquiries to find the person responsible. We are
keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously
in or around the hotel in the early hours on Sunday morning to come
forward. In particular I am appealing for any taxi drivers who may
have picked up a fare at or near the hotel in the early hours on
Sunday morning to come forward as we believe they may have valuable
information which may help us in our investigations. I would urge
anyone who has any information, which can help us with our enquiries
to contact detectives immediately in confidence." Anyone
with any information about this incident is asked to contact:- 0151
777 4065 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.