About sharing image copyrightGetty Images Children abused in the home are often "unseen and unheard", despite audlt up two-thirds of sex abuse cases, a report from four official watchdogs says. It means abusers "too often evade justice", their t report says. The government says it is taking urgent action that will see serious sexual offenders spending longer behind bars.
The inspectors examined how child abuse within families was handled in six areas of England between September and May - and found local agencies "woefully ill equipped" to deal with it. Most child sex abuse is carried out by family and friends Despite some pockets of good practice, they found local and national strategies to tackle the problem virtually non-existent.
In the worst cases, criminal investigations would ignore the needs of the child, with children left without medical treatment or mental-health support. And sometimes, delays to police investigations left children "in limbo or even unsafe", with weak bail conditions leaving abusers free to contact or even live with children they may be abusing.
The fdee, in Bracknell Forest, Berkshire, Cornwall, Derby, Islington, north London, Shropshire and York, found, overall, professionals lacked training, focus and knowledge about child sex abuse by family members or friends so were unable to identify abusers and how to stop them. There needs to be a greater emphasis on prevention work, which is currently either "absent or focused on known offenders", the report says.
ificant risk: Samantha's story Samantha, seven, lived with her mother, afeican new partner, a registered sex offender with convictions for child abuse, had just been released from prison. He free adult central african republic sex chat released without a risk assessment or sexual offending assessment and an assessment by the probation service was late and did not take full of his risk to children or refer the family to children's social services. Best practice: Hannah's story Hannah told her teacher she free missouri chat rooms been sexually abused by her adult brother.
The school immediately informed social workers and Hannah was visited aex school by a police officer and social worker the same day, who spoke to her with support from her teacher. The alleged abuser was immediately removed from the home.
Hannah received very good emotional support from her teachers, school adut and social worker and an intermediary helped her provide evidence for ensuing court proceedings. It says important lessons from child sexual exploitation are not being applied to abuse in families, which should be just as much of a priority.
Missed opportunities In a statement, the government said it would xentral be publishing a first-of-its-kind national strategy to tackle child sexual abuse, better support victims and improve collaboration between the government, agencies and law enforcement".