Children’s Commissioner research published

Our CEO Dr Mike Peirce MBE called the Children’s Commissioner for England’s recent report into child abuse a “damning indictment of the apathy of successive governments”.

The report, called Investigating Child Sexual Abuse, was published in April 2017 and found that there had been a 31% increase in ‘sexual activity involving a child under 16’ in the year ending March 2016 compared with the previous year. In addition, there was a 20% increase in crimes recorded as a ‘sexual assault on a female aged 13 or over’ and a 51% increase in reports of sexual grooming.

Previous research by the Children’s Commissioner into child sexual abuse found that as few as 1 in 8 victims come to the attention of authorities and that child sexual abuse investigations take significantly longer than all other crime types, including adult sexual offences.

“We can see how far we need to go in order to address these shameful statistics and why we need the people, money, wherewithal, determination and drive in order to effect the changes that are sorely needed,” says Mike.