NSPCC starts new child sexual abuse victim services

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Two new services to help tackle child sexual abuse have been launched by the NSPCC in Peterborough.

The Protect and Respect service aims to educate vulnerable children about the risk of possible abuse before it starts, the charity said.

Those who have already been victims are to be offered therapy at a new scheme, called Letting the Future In.

The projects were added following the expansion of the NSPCC's support centre in the city.

Last year 113 referrals were made to Peterborough support agencies following calls to the NSPCC's helpline, of which 56 related to neglect and 12 to sexual abuse.

'Early intervention'

Nick Edwards, NSPCC Peterborough service manager, said: "I don't think the extent of abuse is hugely different to other parts of the country, but we've been working with our partners to get professionals to think in a different way about what might be happening to children and young people."

The Protect and Respect scheme is for young people aged 11 to 19 who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation or who have been sexually exploited.

Letting the Future In helps children and young people aged four to 17 who have been sexually abused.

"We were trying to put together a very strong package for children who have unfortunately reached that level of need," Mr Edwards said.

"It's about providing support for children and young people when things do go wrong - and it's happening all over the country at the moment."

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