NSPCC reveals number of young sex offenders

New figures obtained by the NSPCC show that over 8,000 under 18s in England and Wales were accused of sexual offences against other children in the last two years. One report made to a police force in Wales about a child who was 10 years old.

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NSPCC: 'We have to question the environment' of young sexual offenders

It's deeply concerning that thousands of children are committing sexual offences including serious assaults and rape.

For very young children, such as those of primary school age or younger, we have to question the environment in which they are growing up that has led to them behaving in this way.

Prevention has to be the key and that is recognising warning signs early and taking swift action. It could be that they have seen sexual activity that they are just too young to understand and are copying what they've seen."

– Des Mannion, Head of Service, NSPCC Cymru

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