Vic­tims of child sex abuse are be­ing failed

NSPCC highlight prob­lem All-star cast good enough to head­line fes­ti­val

Daily Record - - NEWS - KA­T­RINA TWEEDIE ka­t­rina.tweedie@trin­i­tymir­ror.com To do­nate £4 ‘NSPCC 4’ to 70007 To do­nate £12 ‘NSPCC 12’ to 70007 To do­nate £20 ‘NSPCC 20’ to 70007 or do­nate at nspcc.org.uk/dai­lyrecord BRIAN McIVER b.mciver@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

CHIL­DREN suf­fer­ing sex­ual abuse in Scot­land are go­ing with­out help be­cause of a lack of spe­cial­ist re­cov­ery ser­vices.

More than 900 sex­ual crimes against chil­dren un­der the age of 13, in­clud­ing rape and sex­ual as­sault, were re­ported to Po­lice Scot­land last year.

But re­search by NSPCC Scot­land shows that, de­spite a greater spot­light on child sex­ual abuse in the past 10 years and sev­eral high­pro­file abuse cases reach­ing the courts, ac­cess to re­cov­ery ser­vices re­mains patchy.

The NSPCC have also found that more than half of the 17 lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­eas in­cluded in the lat­est re­search have no spe­cial­ist ser­vice for chil­dren of pri­mary school age who need help, while 15 of the 17 have no ser­vice for chil­dren aged un­der five years.

The new re­port, which fo­cuses on west cen­tral Scot­land, where more than half of the na­tion’s child pop­u­la­tion live, will be launched at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment today at an event chaired by Labour MSP Jo­hann La­mont.

The char­ity are call­ing for the adop­tion of a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary model, where sup­port for chil­dren’s Moved by what you’ve read? text text text psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional re­cov­ery fol­low­ing sex­ual abuse is avail­able along with foren­sic ser­vices and facilities to help them give the best ev­i­dence to se­cure jus­tice.

Matt Forde, na­tional head of NSPCC Scot­land, said this new re­port shows chil­dren are be­ing failed.

“We’ve seen re­cently how dif­fi­cult it is for adults to come for­ward and re­port ex­pe­ri­ences of sex­ual abuse,” he said. “Think how much harder it is then for chil­dren, es­pe­cially if their abuser is in their own fam­ily.

“Only one in eight cases of child sex­ual abuse is thought to come to the at­ten­tion of agen­cies, so these young peo­ple we know of are just the tip of the ice­berg. Abused chil­dren suf­fer ter­ri­bly and we must make sure they get the sup­port they need.”

Sandie Bar­ton, Rape Cri­sis Scot­land di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions, said: “More and more young peo­ple are com­ing for­ward at our cen­tres and de­mand is at an un­prece­dented level.

“We know from sur­vivors that fail­ing to pro­vide timely ac­cess to ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port can have far-reach­ing con­se­quences. Chil­dren, young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies de­serve bet­ter.” Text costs in­clude your do­na­tion of £4, £12 or £20 plus your stan­dard net­work rate. The NSPCC will re­ceive 100% of your do­na­tion. Find out how we work to keep more chil­dren safe ev­ery day at nspcc.org.uk. IT WAS a line-up Glas­ton­bury would be proud of. From Alice Cooper and Tom Jones to Roger Dal­trey and the Rolling Stones, some of the great­est rock­ers of all time gath­ered in Lon­don this week for a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion. The col­lec­tion of vet­eran singers and mu­si­cians was less about rais­ing hell and more about rais­ing money for char­ity. But the pop leg­ends showed they still know how to have a great night out.

They gath­ered at the V&A Mu­seum for an ex­hi­bi­tion by star photographer Alis­tair Mor­ri­son, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, whose pa­tron Sir Roger Dal­trey has raised more than £17mil­lion for the char­ity.

He was joined by an in­cred­i­ble su­per­group in­clud­ing Carl Palmer, of Emer­son, Lake and Palmer fame, Sir Tom Jones, Ken­ney Jones of The Small Faces, Led Zep­pelin bassist John Paul Jones, for­mer Stone Bill Wy­man and Scots-born folk hero Dono­van, with wife Linda.

Dono­van, from Glas­gow’s Mary­hill, per­formed at the event.

Alice Cooper, Ray Davies, Peter Framp­ton, Brix Smith Start from The Fall, Peter Gabriel, UB40’s Ali Camp­bell and Paul Weller com­pleted the all-star cast.

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ROCK TO THE WRINKLES Some of the big­gest names in 60s and 70s mu­sic, above and be­low, turned out to cel­e­brate star photographer’s work

SUF­FER­ING Abused chil­dren lack spe­cial sup­port to re­cover

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