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    [FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]NSPCC launches paedophile helpline[/FONT]

    [FONT=Geneva,Arial,sans-serif] Julia Day
    Thursday December 6, 2001

    [/FONT] The NSPCC is planning to set up a freephone helpline for paedophiles who fear they may be on the verge of reoffending.But the children’s charity is so worried it will face a public relations disaster over the relapse prevention line, it is trying to detract media attention from the plans.
    The charity is well known for its child protection helpline, which takes 40,000 calls a year, but the new service will be the first time the NSPCC has offered a similar telephone line for adult sex offenders.
    The helpline will offer sex offenders somewhere to turn to out of hours when other professional support services are unavailable.
    It will be manned by NSPCC child protection councillors and is to launch next year.
    An NSPCC spokeswoman was keen to stress the line will not be open to the general public but only those sex offenders who have previously been involved in NSPCC rehabilitation programmes.
    “The line will be available to ex-offenders we have been working with, not the general public,” she said.
    “It’s a number to provide out-of-hours support for people who are given support in other areas. It will be a valuable resource that will affect a small amount of people.
    “There are a series of actions that lead these people to reoffend and the helpline will provide support if they feel like they are in danger of reoffending.”
    The helpline came to light when it was referred to at the end of a press release about plans to improve the child protection line.
    The press officer responsible said it not being promoted actively.
    Through its Full Stop Campaign, the NSPCC hopes to almost double the number of children it helps protect from abuse and neglect.
    By next February, new measures will enable child protection officers to answer about 80,000 calls a year, almost twice as many as they do at present.