NSPCC CEO, Peter Wanless on the 2015 general election result.
We will work tirelessly over the next 5 years to keep vulnerable children at the top of the new government's agenda.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC CEO, said:
"As the largest charity in the UK fighting for an end to child cruelty, we look forward to working with the newly elected Conservative government. Our work across the UK on vital issues such as online safety, early intervention, and support for children who have been abused is fundamentally important and we will continue to work with politicians across the nations and political spectrum, supporting where we can and challenging where necessary, to achieve meaningful change for children.
"We have a proud record of achieving change. Over the last five years our campaigning to government has meant that:
- more children who have been abused or neglected are able to give evidence away from court, preventing them from further trauma.
- more children are protected from grooming. We successfully lobbied to close a loophole in the law which means it is now always illegal for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.
- more families can receive intensive support for as long as they need it – we helped to ensure that time limits on care proceedings could be extended if it is in the best interests of the child.
"But we won’t stop there. We will work tirelessly over the next five years to keep vulnerable children at the top of the new government’s agenda. Our priorities will include making sure that:
- children who have been abused or neglected get the support they need. This means the right therapeutic support at the right time and for as long as they need it to rebuild their childhood.
- the UK becomes the hardest country in the world to access on-line child abuse material, and the number of people accessing this material is reduced to as close to zero as possible.
- more families who are facing challenging circumstances receive the early support they need to prevent abuse or neglect from occurring.
"Abuse changes childhoods. But so can we."