Charity’s urgent appeal following rise in child sex abuse victims

Barnardo's chief executive Donna Jarvis, Javed Khan and Jonny Todd.
Barnardo's chief executive Donna Jarvis, Javed Khan and Jonny Todd.
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A massive surge in the number of child sex abuse cases has prompted an urgent appeal from a children’s charity.

Barnardo’s says following scandals of the magnitude seen in Rotherham, it has experienced an ‘unprecedented demand’ for its services.

A record 2,118 child sexual exploitation victims were supported by the charity last year, up 78 per cent compared to 2010/2011.

In order to deal with the rapidly increasing number of referrals from the police and local authorities, it is seeking £370,000 in donations which would allow it to recruit more support workers.

Chief executive Javed Khan said: “The scale of this abuse is shocking - with more and more incidences of child sexual exploitation coming to light.”