More education needed to beat child sex offences

FIGURES obtained by the charity NSPCC show 549 sex crimes against children, including rape, incest and abuse of children through prostitution and pornography, were reported to Derbyshire Police last year.

The statistics, obtained using the Freedom of Information Act, show that of the crimes reported to the police, 479 were committed against girls and 70 were against boys.

The NSPCC, which runs specialist programmes to protect children from sexual abuse, is now calling for parents, the Government and schools to take greater action to drastically reduce these figures.

The charity wants: schools and parents to educate children about staying safe and reporting abuse; the government to support the provision of therapeutic services for all child victims of sexual offences and treatment programmes for offenders and the public to be aware of abuse and how to prevent it.