Some facts to consider:
- Over 1,700 victims of FGM were referred to specialist clinics in the last two years (Source: NSPCC press release – Female genital mutilation helpline launched – 24 June 2013)
- FGM is most commonly carried out when a girl is 5-8 years old (Source: HM Government (2011) Female genital mutilation: multi-agency practice guidelines London)
- About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common mental disorder in Britain
- Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women and self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population
- There were a total of 21,493 sexual offences against children recorded by police in the UK in 2011/12.
- One in 14 children in the UK has been physically abused.
- For every child placed on a child protection plan or the child protection register, we estimate there are another eight children who are suffering from abuse and neglect and not getting the support they need.
- There were 68,840 looked after children in England on 31 March 2014.
- Deaf and disabled children are more than three times more likely to be abused or neglected than non-disabled children.