The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has produced its latest 2017 report addressing the question of ‘How safe are our children?’ across the United Kingdom.

Below are important outlines from the report.


• Child homicide is in long-term decline.

Child Suicide

• After years in decline, suicide rates for 15 to 19 year olds have started to rise in England and Wales.

Sexual Offences

• All UK nations saw an increase in the number of recorded sexual offences against children in 2015/16.

• It is likely that improved recording of sexual offences by the police and an increased willingness of victims to come forward have contributed to this rise.

Mental/ Emotional Health

• Childline delivered 295,202 counselling sessions in 2016/17; this is a 55 per cent increase since 2009/10.

• Mental/emotional health was the most common main concern in Childline counselling sessions in 2016/17.

• In 2016/17, 8 per cent of counselling sessions were about suicide compared with 3 per cent in 2009/10.

Online Safety

• In 2016/17 there were 12,248 Childline counselling sessions about online safety and abuse, which is a 9 per cent increase on the previous year.

• Thirty per cent of reviews by young people of the most popular social networking sites, apps and games, reported seeing violence and hatred.

• In 2015/16 the number of police-recorded offences relating to indecent images increased by 64 per cent in England, 50 per cent in Wales, 71 per cent in Northern Ireland, and 7 per cent in Scotland.

Violent Crime

• In 2015/16, almost 6 per cent of 10 to 15 year olds in England and Wales were the victim of a violent crime.

• Of these offences, 76 per cent resulted in an injury to the victim.

• An estimated 418,000 violent offences were experienced by children aged 10 to 15 in 2015/16.