Operation Hydrant, created by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), has identified 1,400 child abuse suspects, which include politicians and celebrities, in the UK. Operation Hydrant does not investigate the abuse allegation but, instead, gathers information about abuse complaints about “historical child sexual abuse“. Local police departments are called on to do the actual investigations.

According to the BBC News, “Of the 1,433 suspects identified, 216 are now dead and 261 are classified as people of public prominence, with 135 coming from TV, film or radio.”

We are talking about systemic, widespread child sexual abuse and trafficking in the UK whose list of suspects include:

* Schools and Educational institutions
* Children’s Homes
* Politicians
* Sports celebrities and Sports venues
* Music celebrities
* Religious leaders or figures
* Medical institutions
* Community institutions
* Military groups
* Prisons
* 17 institutions classified as “unknown”

This information is compiled by police in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and relate to reports of abuse, or abuse investigations, from the summer of 2014. There is no exact figure of how many children have been victimized, the number is expected to be in the thousands, if not more.

Norfolk Police Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the NPCC’s lead on child protection, says, “We are seeing an unprecedented increase in the number of (abuse) reports that are coming forward.”

Read More:

1,400 Child Abuse Suspects Identified” by BBC News, 5/20/2015: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32812449

College of Policing (2015) : Operation Hydrant [Internet, Accessed 21 May 2015]. https://qa-app.bang-on.net/app-content/major-investigation-and-public-protection/operation-hydrant/ 

Teach Your Child the Underwear Rule and Help Keep them Safe from Abuse (NSPCC): http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

US Child Help, National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-Child: https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/

UK NSPCC Report Abuse Don’t delay – call the police on 999,
or call us on 0808 800 5000, straight away: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/