The Importance of Soft Intelligence

The Department for Education estimate that 1/3rd of adults who suspect child abuse do not report it. –

Currently we are facing an issue across the UK where soft intelligence is not always being reported to statutory services. This is a huge concern to many, and we need to tackle this problem immediately.

Each year, approximately 400,000 children experiencing some sort of child abuse in England are supported because someone noticed they needed help, but a third of people who suspected abuse, do nothing – either because they don’t think it’s their responsibility or they think that they must be sure that abuse is taking place.

There is a lack of provision of information because people think that soft intelligence isn’t as important as having actual evidence of abuse.

“15 per cent of people have suspected child abuse at some point in their life but just two thirds have taken steps to report their concerns to the police or relevant authority. Fear of having misread a situation and wrongly accusing someone is the biggest factor which deters reporting.”

The Drew Review – “An independent review of South Yorkshire Police’s handling of child sexual exploitation 1997 – 2016” found that there was a weakness in intelligence gathering surrounding child sexual exploitation –


About nimos

nimos is a bespoke range of solutions which offer direct and measurable benefits to some of the most valued Public Services today, enabling a wide variety of nominated users across organisations to raise concerns regarding child or vulnerable adult safety and wellbeing.

nimos applications are specifically built to aid public-sector service issues and offer direct and measurable benefits to various organisations such as the NHS, Safeguarding Partnerships and Charities. Each solution ensures intelligence, concerns or data is handled digitally and securely to enable the efficient and consistent delivery of interventions and services.

nimos ensures that “trusted users”, who have been trained to spot warning signs of abuse or exploitation, can provide crucial soft intelligence which can then be triaged by the appropriate professionals to enable the delivery of interventions.

This prevents and reduces harm to children and vulnerable adults across the UK – creating safer communities through partner engagement.

If you wish to read further information surrounding Safeguarding young children and adults and/or soft intelligence, please take a read of our nimos webpage –

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