Briefing on National Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse In The Family Environment

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Great Britain. Office of the Children's Commissioner
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Date of publication
3 July 2014
Children and Young People, Families
Social welfare
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The Office of the Children Commissioner (OCC) has launched a two-year Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse In The Family Environment (intrafamilial child sexual abuse) on Thursday 3 July 2014. This follows its Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups which concluded in November 2013. That investigation found that many victims of child sexual exploitation had previously been sexually abused in the family context and that this earlier abuse was often neither identified nor addressed.

The Inquiry will:

  • Assess the scale and nature of this form of abuse in England including among: minority ethnic; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), disabled and other minority groups of children and young people who have been largely ignored by the research to date, estimating the prevalence of that which is detected and undetected by statutory agencies
  • Assess inter-agency and individual practice for preventing and responding to this form of child sexual abuse in England, and its impact on children and young people 
  • Make recommendations for improving identification and prevention of this form of abuse and child protection/law enforcement responses to it

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