The Government has set up a national group to tackle sexual violence against children and vulnerable people. The national group is a panel of experts brought together by the Home Office to co-ordinate and implement the learning from recent inquiries into historic sexual abuse and current sexual violence prevention issues.
The national group will work to improve cross Government delivery, identify problems and solutions and act swiftly to resolve them. It has already identified 9 key areas for action and is prioritising action to prevent abuse happening in the first place, protecting children online, make sure the police can identify and deal with problems and ensure victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system.
Both the historical cases into child abuse and recent cases of organised child sexual exploitation raise a number of important issues for the Government, social services, the police, the criminal justice system and others. Membership of the National Group includes key partners such as the police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), government departments and, very importantly, experts such as Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Barnados, Rape Crisis and the NSPCC.
The newly formed national group will build on the already strong foundations across Government, but it will also address the learning emerging from reviews of historical child sexual abuse cases. The Department is leading the workstream on institutions and will be holding workshops and discussions with key stakeholders to see what more can be done to safeguard people in all health and care institutions from the risk of sexual assault or abuse.
Securing Excellence in commissioning sexual assault services for people who experience sexual violence
NHS England published Securing Excellence in commissioning sexual assault services for people who experience sexual violence on 13 June 2013. This publication aims to support commissioners in delivering a consistent, high quality approach to the delivery of services that secure the best outcomes for victims of sexual assault and rape.
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Information supplied by: Monique Akosa, Violence and Social Exclusion Team.