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NSPCC warns of a tsunami of online child abuse as grooming crimes rise in the south west by 28% in four years

  • Freedom of Information data shows steep increase in Sexual Communication with a Child offences recorded by police across the UK since 2017/18
  • Meta-owned apps (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) and Snapchat used in more than 70% of crimes in 2021/22 where the platform was known
  • Scale of sexual violence against girls online revealed with female victims in four in
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Winscombe Rainbow Montessori Nursery receives hi-vis vests from Redrow

This month Winscombe’s Rainbow Montessori Nursery received bespoke hi-vis vests for its forest walks and other local trips from local housebuilder Redrow South West.

The nursery, which is situated at the Lynch, Winscombe, offers pre-school children the chance to develop their personalities, inquisitiveness and self-confidence through play, music and respect of nature.

A key...

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  • Last year the NSPCC Helpline made 2,242 referrals to agencies in the South West about child abuse and neglect concerns – an average of six a day
  • Half a million children a year suffer abuse in the UK, says charity
  • NSPCC believes everyone can play a part in protecting children from abuse and neglect and calls for people to take action on Childhood Day
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Thousands of families in the South West can receive help towards Easter childcare costs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding working parents in the South West to not miss out on the opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to pay for regulated childcare, including holiday clubs and other out-of-school activities, during the Easter holidays. Tax-Free Childcare provides thousands of eligible working families with up to £500 every three months (or £1,000 if their child is disabled...
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The South West receives more than £2.2 million investment from Bikeability Trust improve access to cycle training

The South West will receive £2,236,741 to help more children learn to cycle with Bikeability

The funding is part of a record £20 million investment for the Bikeability Trust from the Department of Transport. It will be used to deliver cycle training for children and families.

Bikeability has trained more than 3.6 million children since 2007. This funding has the potential to deliver...

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NSPCC calls for equal protection as survey shows more than two thirds of adults in the South West believe it is unacceptable to physically punish a child

  • YouGov poll, commissioned by NSPCC, also reveals 65% think there should be a change in the law in England to make it illegal for parents and carers to strike a child
  • Survey comes on the day (March 21) equal protection from assault becomes a reality for children in Wales,16 months after the law was changed in Scotland
  • NSPCC calls on the Government to follow
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Local Adoption Charity encourages LGBT+ community to come forward to adopt vulnerable children waiting for their ‘forever’ families

#Bethechange – Local Adoption Charity encourages LGBT+ community to come forward to adopt vulnerable children waiting for their ‘forever’ families

LGBT+ people across the South West are being urged to explore adoption as a potential parenting route as a part of a national campaign launching today (7 March).

With over 80,000 children in care in 2021 in England alone, LGBT+...

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Popular South West Baby Names Revealed

Revealed: The South West is the name capital of Oliver and Amelia

Naming a new baby is a big responsibility, and whilst some parents want their child to stand out from the crowd, some names endure the test of time.

New analysis of ONS (Office for National Statistics) baby name data by leading name label manufacturer, My Nametags (, reveals the UK’s ‘...

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Don’t miss out on up to £2,000 towards childcare costs

Thousands of working families in the South West could be missing out on an opportunity to get up to £2,000 a year to help with the cost of childcare, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents, ahead of February half term.

Tax-Free Childcare – the 20% childcare top-up – provides eligible working families with up to £500 every three months (or £1,000 if their child is disabled) towards...

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New free parenting guide offered to separating families in the South West

The Family Law Company is offering the new guide for free to local families who are divorcing or separating. The ‘Parenting Through Separation Guide’ is written by family professionals and advises parents of how to put their children first during a separation.

It is being launched during ‘Good Divorce Week’ which runs from 29 Nov - 3 Dec. The campaign is organised annually by...