Posted on Friday 7th December

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane visited the NSPCC’s Warrington service centre today (Friday 7 December 2018) to present staff with a cheque for £40,000 to support the work of a sexual abuse programme.

The child protection charity was awarded a grant in October from the PCC’s newly created Supporting Victims Fund to support their work with young victims of crime.

David Keane spent time with staff delivering the centre’s various projects, including Hear and Now. The programme provides one-to-one support for troubled and vulnerable children who may not have disclosed sexual abuse, but are displaying worrying signs that something is wrong.

Caroline Watts, service centre manager at the NSPCC’s Warrington base said: “This grant money will help us to reach more vulnerable children in the community and we are very grateful for the commissioner’s support

"It was great to have David Keane visit our centre and he was very keen to find out more about the work we are doing to help children in this community.

“We know that one in three victims of child sexual abuse don’t tell anyone what has happened to them.”

The Supporting Young Victims Fund was set up following the completion of a review by the PCC’s office, which identified that victims of crime under the age of 18 were underrepresented in regards to victim services available to them in Cheshire.

David Keane said: “The work the NSPCC are doing to support children and young people in Cheshire is absolutely fantastic.

"It was fascinating to hear about the different ways they engage young people in order to help them overcome their experiences and I am looking forward to seeing how the grant will enable the programme to develop.”