Children's services response to child sexual abuse data
Surveys find sexual abuse is just as common as other kinds of abuse.
But children are far less likely to be on a child protection plan for it. There has been a 200% rise in child protection plans for other forms of abuse, but a 60% fall on those placed due to sexual abuse.
Currently far more children are thought to experience child sexual abuse than are identified by child protection services.
Confidence in naming and recording concerns by professionals is pivotal and needs to be supported.
Reference: Office for National Statistics: Child sexual abuse in England and Wales, year ending March 2019. Department for Education: Characteristics of children in need: 2019 to 2020.
Criminal Justice system response to child sexual abuse
Variations in identification and response