Police urge members of the public to report their suspicions over child abuse


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Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary are urging members of the public to report any suspicions of child abuse.

The message comes after the force revealed 625 cases of emotional, physical, neglect and sexual abuse of children were investigated across the county between January 1 and November 30.

An average of almost two cases a day.

Detective Sergeant Sherrie Nash, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit, said: “Protecting children from harm, keeping them safe and investigating child abuse crimes in all forms is and will always be a priority for us.

“We have a dedicated team who take a child-centred approach to ensure the welfare and well-being of the child is core to every investigation.

“We also work closely with our partner agencies in social care, education and health to manage the safety of children and investigate criminal offences.

“The voice of the child is extremely important, they have a right to feel safe and not be in fear. Any form of abuse will have an emotional impact on a child but this may not always be evident on first glance so we urge people to be aware of any subtle changes in a child’s behaviour and report this to a professional.”

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The force added that members of the public don’t have to be absolutely certain of their suspicions, but that if they feel something isn’t right can call police on 101.

The NSPCC, Childline and local authorities are also available to talk to.