Bradshaw expresses shock at child sex offences figures

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has expressed shock after new figures revealed five child sex offences are recorded every day in Northern Ireland.

Police said 1,809 sex crimes against children were reported here last year, the highest ever level and up five per cent on the previous year. A total of 777 crimes were recorded against children aged 11 and under, with 230 against those aged five and under.

Ms Bradshaw, who sat on the Health Committee in the last Assembly, said the figures were deeply shocking.

“When we consider there may also be many cases which are not recorded, we should be seriously disturbed by what is happening.

“This is an issue upon which we need urgent cross-departmental working to address the problem as a matter of urgency.

“I will be meeting the NSPCC this week to discuss this further and to see what practical action can be taken as a matter of urgency.”

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