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300 police accused of sexual exploitation

More than 300 police officers have been accused of using their position of authority to sexually exploit people, official data has revealed.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found the problem of abuse of authority for sexual gain is one that nearly all forces are dealing with, or have dealt with recently.

National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for [...]

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NSPCC launches helpline for footballers

People abused in football as a child urged to call helpline and get support

The NSPCC has launched a free helpline to support anyone who was abused in football as a child.

The helpline, supported by the FA, was launched after former professional footballers Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Paul Stewart spoke out about the abuse [...]

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The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse - some reflections.

Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection (Emeritus) at the London Metropolitan University, explains what has been happening regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up by the then Home Secretary over two years ago. It was launched following pressure from survivors of organised [...]

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NSPCC sees 50% rise in contacts about domestic abuse


The number of contacts to the NSPCC from people concerned about children living in homes with domestic abuse rose by almost 50% since the introduction of national lockdown measures.

The children’s charity said that between April and September 2020, more than 4,500 concerns were raised by members of the public, with 818 contacts in August alone.

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10 million people will need support for mental health problems following pandemic


As many as 10 million people in England will need help for mental health problems over the coming months and years in the aftermath of COVID-19, the Centre for Mental Health has warned.

The Centre estimates that around 8.5 million adults and 1.5 million children in England will need support for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders [...]

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LGA urges chancellor to plug funding gap for local authorities in Spending Review


Local authorities need £10 billion to plug the funding gap and meet the increase in demand for services, the Local Government Association has warned.

Ahead of the Spending Review, the LGA says that councils in England will face a funding gap of more than £5 billion by 2024 to maintain services at current levels. This figure [...]

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