Children's services response to child sexual abuse data

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Surveys find sexual abuse is just as common as other kinds of abuse. 

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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. 

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Currently far more children are thought to experience child sexual abuse than are identified by child protection services. 

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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.

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