How can we better protect children?
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.
Currently child sexual abuse is rarely uncovered and most children are unlikely to tell at the time.
Identification of child sexual abuse cases has fallen, across child protection and police data.
Safeguarding professionals are not getting the training and development they need to address concerns of child sexual abuse with confidence.
We need to carry out a dedicated national prevalence survey of child sexual abuse.
To encourage local and national agencies to improve data recording of all concerns of child sexual abuse.
Provide dedicated training so professionals have confidence to recognise the signs and indicators of child sexual abuse.
Variations in identification and response