Our Story

Our Story

1 in 6 children will experience child sexual abuse before the age of 16.

The National Network to End Child Abuse (NNECA) was established in 2012 when our founder, Suhail Hanif was frustrated with the lack of change in the areas of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Suhail believed that “one child is one child too many” and until we protect every last child we will continue to exist

Leading charities were hugely under-resourced, and working tirelessly, but despite this, more and more child abuse cases were being reported. Experts agreed there could be as many as 11 million victims of sexual abuse in the UK constituting a “national epidemic,” although the true scale is unknown, as so many incidents remain hidden and go unreported.

We initially set out to learn from solutions that were producing measurable prevention results. So an ambitious insight and learning strategy was put in place. Abuse is a global issue that requires a global solution. The insight reviewed government approaches, specialist abuse charities and agencies, academic studies, and research as far afield as Australia, United States, and Canada through to Singapore, India, and then back home in the UK and across Europe.

Most importantly, we wanted to listen and learn from the victims, so this included listening to their families, friends, and community members. In the light of this, a case study of over 40,000 victims and families was profiled, one of the largest in history.

We integrated this deep, insightful research and knowledge to make our foundations even stronger. We learnt the most effective prevention strategies revolved around early-stage education and awareness. Using this approach we truly believe that 90% of child sexual abuse and exploitation is preventable, making the UK the safest place in the world to raise children.

Our Mission– we will do everything we can to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse and exploitation through effective education and awareness building, empowering parents, teachers, and carers to protect our children.

Our Vision– to make the UK the safest place in the world to raise our children.

Our Guiding Principles– are too, at all times, relentlessly pursue our mission without fear or compromise, and to continually ensure that the best interests, human rights, and protection of the child are placed before all other considerations.

Our Guiding Values– are too, at all times, do all things to serve our Mission with uncompromising integrity, honesty, respect, and empathy, ensuring fairness, justice, and hope for all children and those who protect them.