Ed TimpsonGovernment ministers Karen Bradley, Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, and Edward Timpson, Minister of State for Children and Families are set to speak at the NSPCC's flagship conference this week [17-18 June].

'How safe are our children? 2015' will see the charity debate alongside speakers how to best tackle issues such as online safety, child sexual exploitation and early intervention.

Speakers at the event, to be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London also include actor and director Samantha Morton, who will talk to child protection professionals about her experience in care and what she thinks about the issues young people face today.

Visit www.nspcc.org.uk/howsafe2015 to book your place

The conference comes just a week after new data published by Children’s Partnership and NCVO revealed that children’s charities including the NSPCC have seen their income from Government fall by over £150m in twelve months.

An annual survey of charity accounts reveals that the shortfall in income is hitting charities working with children and young people hard, as government funding accounts for a greater proportion of income for these charities than it does for the voluntary sector as a whole.

The data showed that local government is a much more significant funder of children and young people’s charities than charities as a whole, suggesting these organisations have been successful in becoming competitive providers of services.

Commenting on the findings, Anna Feuchtwang, Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau said: "This data shows how austerity measures are beginning to bite as local and central government purse strings are tightened. This will significantly affect children’s charities that have shown that with their good community knowledge they can provide cost-effective and high-quality services at a local level."

The data is available in full from: www.ncvo.org.uk