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.”