Children: Abuse

Home Department written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports her Department has commissioned into child abuse in the last 25 years; and what steps her Department took in response to the conclusions and recommendations in each such report.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

Data on reports commissioned is not collected centrally. However, the Home Office has published a number of potentially relevant research reports in the period in question which contain references to issues such as rape, young people and prostitution, child abuse victims and child sex offenders.

A full list of Home Office Research reports are published in various series and are available either on the website at: or on the National Archives website at:

Conclusions and recommendations from research and other reports are routinely used by the Department to inform evidence based policy making.

In addition, work is underway in the Home Office to establish what information was received in respect of Rotherham, and when that work has been completed, Richard Whittam and Peter Wanless will be looking at that process to make sure that it has been conducted absolutely properly.

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