Child Sexual Abuse (Referrals)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 21st December 2017.

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All children should grow up free from the risk of abuse. Those statistics highlight that there is more for all of us to do to keep our young people safe. The NSPCC indicates that the rise in referrals might reflect greater awareness of the risk posed to children and the need to take action in response. It might also be due to a greater willingness by children who have been sexually abused to tell someone what has happened to them. That suggests that victims of abuse now have greater confidence that they will be listened to and that appropriate action will be taken by agencies and professionals.

We are of course all responsible for protecting children and I urge anyone who is worried about a child perhaps being abused to report their concerns to the police.