There has been a 50% increase in the number of sexual crimes against children recorded in Guernsey.

53 offences were logged in 2018 compared with 35 the year before.

In the Channel Islands as a whole, there have been 119 reports of children being sexually abused in the last 12 months. The majority of cases were against girls, while crimes against those at the age of 14 were the most common.

Offences recorded also include sex crimes against babies and toddlers.

At the beginning of the month, it was revealed that one child is sexually abused in Jersey, on average, every five days.

Child protection charity, the NSPCC says it is worried the figures may not expose the full extent of the problem, as not all crimes are recorded. It is urging islanders with any safeguarding concerns to contact its helpline on 0808 800 5000 or website nspcc.org.uk.

We know from our own research that on average 1 in 20 children will experience sexual abuse, which is why it’s so important communities work together to prevent it from happening in the first place; and make sure that if it does happen it’s recorded so the necessary support can be provided for that child and to stop that offender striking again.

Jacky Moon, Service Centre Manager for NSPCC Jersey