Hundreds of people in Sussex back NSPCC campaign

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More than 700 people in Sussex have signed the NSPCC’s petition to make sure that every abused child gets the support they need to recover.

The NSPCC’s It’s Time campaign is calling on the Government to closely monitor the number of children who’ve been abused and need support so none are left without help.

Latest crime figures1 show that the number of children experiencing abuse is increasing.

Between 2012 and 2016, the number of reported crimes in Sussex involving sexual activity with a child under 16 have almost trebled from 85 to 316.

It’s Time was launched in January when a survey showed that 90 per cent of professionals felt that services to help abused children overcome their trauma were inadequate.

More than half (64%) of professional said it had got more difficult in the last five years to access vital therapy.

Colin Peak, Regional Head of Service for London and the South East said: “We take it for granted that the Government has data on everything that’s important. But right now, they’re not counting the number of children who’ve been abused and need support. This means some children are left without any help at all.

“As a society, if we don’t know exactly how many children are missing out, we can’t do everything we can to help. So it’s essential we find out.

“This is why we are calling on everyone in Sussex who hasn’t yet signed the petition to do so. With your help we can change the lives of children who aren’t getting the help they need to overcome their experiences.”

Nationally almost 30,000 people have signed up to the campaign and supporters are being asked to exert pressure on MPs and Ministers, in order to get funding prioritised for this vulnerable and forgotten group.

To sign the petition, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/campaigns

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