24 Jul 2014

The Metropolitan Police unit responsible for investigating allegations of rape and sexual assault against children is being stretched by a significant increase in the number of reported incidents, according to a report published by the London Assembly today.

Reacting to the report, Keeping London's Children Safe: The Met's Role in Safeguarding Children, Sam Royston, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at The Children’s Society, said:

'Although the increase in reports of child sexual abuse is deeply troubling, it is encouraging that more people feel able to come forward. It’s absolutely essential that police are properly resourced to pursue both historical and current cases.

'But this report also underlines the need to prevent abuse from happening in the first place. For this we need effective relationships and sex education in schools so that children recognise when they’re being groomed. We also need to ensure that police and other services get the training they need to identify and effectively support those at risk of abuse, particularly vulnerable children like young runaways.'

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