Child protection should always be on the government's agenda

NSPCC CEO will address How safe are our children? conference on Wednesday calling for greater action from government

Peter Wanless, NSPCC CEOPeter Wanless, NSPCC CEO, will use our annual child protection conference to raise concerns about the lack of attention paid to issues of child abuse during this year's election.

Despite high-profile cases such as those involving Rolf Harris and Max Clifford, and grooming gangs in Oxford, Rochdale and Rotherham, election candidates failed to make child abuse a strong discussion point.


"We need to ensure that it is not just in moments of crisis that child protection shoots up the agenda."
Peter Wanless / NSPCC CEO

Peter Wanless will say:
"The question we have to ask is whether this is partly our fault. Up and down the country people express greater passion and indignation about the regularity of their bin collection timetables than on whether children are safe.

"This is a very real problem. We need to ensure that it is not just in moments of crisis that child protection shoots up the agenda."

Commenting on politcal attitudes to child abuse, he will say, "they must not be naive enough to think that turning to it every time it captures a headline will be sufficient to sort out the very serious issues that pervade the fabric of our society."

The 'How safe are our children?' conference takes place over 2 days - from Wednesday 17 June to Tursday 18 June 2015. Peter will deliver his speech in full on the Wednesday. 

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