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Children are not being taken seriously when they report violent and sexual crimes, the Government's victims tsar has warned. Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing youngsters who feel they are being let down by the system that is meant to protect them, according to Baroness Newlove. The Victims'…
Scotland's "Victorian" civil court system must be reformed to remove the time limit for victims of childhood abuse to seek damages, MSPs have been told. Holyrood's Justice Committee heard the proposed change in the law would have a " dramatic" impact on the lives of victims by removing a barrier…
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been hit by another resignation, leaving it with just one panel member. Glenn Houston said he has accepted two other public appointments and resigned from the panel to avoid any potential conflict of interest. He is the third original panel member to resign from…
This work was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) and is the original text from which the summary document ‘Tackling child sexual exploitation: Advice for Professionals’ has been drawn. The document outlines the new civil definition of child sexual exploitation, developed by the Home Office and DfE, together with…
A new national database of missing people is to be rolled out as part of a drive to tackle child sexual exploitation. The facility will allow police to access data about adults and children who disappear across force boundaries. Plans for a National Missing Persons Register were revealed as ministers…
Child protection experts are receiving a report about possible female genital mutilation every day, new figures reveal. An NSPCC helpline logged 1,564 contacts about girls who may have suffered or are risk of the practice between June 2013 and last month. It means people are getting in touch with the…
Child sexual exploitation is a crime with devastating and long lasting consequences for its victims and their families. Childhoods and family life can be ruined and this is compounded when victims, or those at risk of abuse, do not receive appropriate, immediate and on-going support. The first response to children,…
Home Secretary Amber Rudd will on Thursday announce a £40 million blitz on child sexual exploitation. The cash injection aims to bolster the Government's efforts to prevent a repeat of high-profile episodes such as the scandals seen in Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford. The National Crime Agency will receive an extra…
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