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A predicted 30% surge in rape trials has prompted police and prosecutors to overhaul guidelines on handling cases. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police chiefs have launched a joint protocol setting out how to deal with all rape cases from the initial complaint to after the verdict in a…
A police chief has revealed that another 62 police officers are being brought in to investigate the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings promised that more people will be prosecuted for subjecting children to sex abuse. A report by Professor Alexis Jay (pictured) into…
New research is needed to understand why there are massive variations in the number of rape cases being reported in different regions, Police Scotland has been told. HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) made the recommendation after a new report revealed the Fife council area had seen reported rapes…
A campaigning Labour MP has warned that the Government looks as though it does not "want to get to the truth" about historic child abuse after Home Secretary Theresa May indicated that the troubled inquiry panel could be disbanded and replaced. Simon Danczuk said victims would be dismayed at the…
Young girls at risk of sexual exploitation are falling through the gaps because youth offending teams do not have the support they need from police and social care to take action, an inspection has found. Girls who offend are particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation, according to a joint inspection by…
A statutory public inquiry will be held to examine historical cases of abuse of children in care in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced. In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance (pictured) said the full remit and appointments for the inquiry would be…
A compensation scheme set up for women who say they were sexually abused by television personality Jimmy Savile has been sanctioned by the Court of Appeal. Three appeal judges gave their verdict today after a charity which is the major beneficiary of Savile's estate raised concerns about the scheme. Lawyers…
A judge says he hopes more local authorities will use civil courts to target men who sexually exploit vulnerable girls in the wake of "bold and novel" legal moves by a city. Mr Justice Keehan recently concluded that 10 men from the Birmingham area sexually exploited a 17-year-old girl in…
New research published by Cafcass explores the pre-existing vulnerabilities of victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and the implications for social work practitioners. The research, produced by Cafcass, illustrates that children with pre-existing vulnerabilities derived from their family lives – for example, those with a history of substance abuse or…
People who have viewed child sex images online but are not likely to be "contact abusers" should be treated by health services rather than brought before a court, Britain's most senior child protection police chief has said. Simon Bailey, the Association of Chief Police Officers' (Acpo) lead officer on child…
The Home Office’s planned inquiry into child sexual abuse across all areas of British public life has had a troubled start to say the least. While its panel has at last begun to meet and hear evidence, its terms of reference and geographical scope are still under review, and the…
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a ‘real and ongoing problem’ that has become a new social norm in some neighbourhoods of Greater Manchester. This will not be tackled unless there is a sea change in public attitudes away from a culture of blaming children and young people for bringing about…