How can we better protect children?

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We need to address the gap between the number of children who experience sexual abuse and the much smaller number identified and supported by agencies. 

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Currently child sexual abuse is rarely uncovered and most children are unlikely to tell at the time.

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Identification of child sexual abuse cases has fallen, across child protection and police data.

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Safeguarding professionals are not getting the training and development they need to address concerns of child sexual abuse with confidence.

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We need to carry out a dedicated national prevalence survey of child sexual abuse.

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To encourage local and national agencies to improve data recording of all concerns of child sexual abuse.

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Provide dedicated training so professionals have confidence to recognise the signs and indicators of child sexual abuse.

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