4 Feb 2020

Iryna Pona, Policy Manager at The Children’s Society, said: “It is appalling that children facing horrific sexual abuse at the hands of those closest to them are too often not getting support and protection from local agencies. Sexual abuse by a family member shatters young lives, and we cannot allow it to remain a taboo subject. 

“Time and again we see the same shortcomings in the way professionals respond to sexual abuse of children within families as we do when it comes to sexual exploitation outside the home. 

“We need a significant culture change that puts children at the heart of police and social services’ response, coupled with better training for professionals working with children and clear information sharing processes at a local level.

"But these issues will be extremely difficult to solve without major investment in services for children and families - starting by addressing the £3bn funding gap facing children’s services departments by 2025.” 

You can read more about the report here.

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