Protecting children from harm – report now published

“25% of all cases… of child sexual abuse in the family involve a perpetrator under age 18.”

A stark statistic and just one of many in the report published today by the Children’s Commissioner entitled: Protecting children from harm: a critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England.

This report contains the findings of the first phase of an Inquiry by the Children’s Commissioner which aims to assess the scale and nature of child sexual abuse in the family environment.

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Limitation in abuse claims: lifting the bar in Scotland

The Scottish Government has reached a firm view that limitation should not operate to extinguish claims of those who suffered child abuse after 1964. A consultation about making this change has just begun. After it closes on 18 September 2015, the Scottish Government has committed to publishing a draft Bill before the end of the 2015/16 Parliamentary Session.

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