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NSPCC helps hundreds of victims of child sexual exploitation in Peterborough

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New figures show the NSPCC has helped more than 300 children in Peterborough and the wider area to cope with the effects of abuse.

The charity is warning young people about how to spot signs of grooming as they say many young victims do not know they are being groomed and exploited because of the tactics offenders use.

Children as young as ten are being helped by the their Protect and Respect service.

"Young people will not always recognise that they are being exploited and treated as property. Groomers can trick a child into believing that they have chosen to be in this situation and will use them however they like. We want every child to be able to spot exploitation for what it is and, if they find themselves in danger, know that it is categorically not their fault. Our Protect and Respect service is showing them how to spot potential abusers, find their way out of an exploitative cycle, and help them on the road to recovery."

– SUE WHITWOOD, SERVICE CENTRE MANAGER FOR NSPCC PETERBOROUGH

NSPCC advice on leaving your child home alone

NSPCC advice on leaving your child home alone Credit: PA

The charity NSPCC has revealed it received 159 tip-offs about abandonment cases in the last three years in Birmingham.

It is now warning parents not to leave their children home alone this summer.

NSPPC has issued the following advice:

  • Babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone
  • Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time
  • Children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight
  • A child should never be left at home alone if they do not feel comfortable with this, regardless of their age

Sexual abuse victim wants authorities to admit their fault

A young woman who was sexually abused by a couple from the age of eight, says she wants the authorities to admit they failed her and two other victims. Robert and Rita Oldham from Nottinghamshire were jailed for a total of 26 years last month.

The woman wants a Serious Case Review to look at how they were able to get away with abusing her, and the other girls, for 13 years. The woman, who cannot be identified, spoke to our correspondent Jane Hesketh.

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