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Offences against Children

Home Office written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to tackle child sexual abuse.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The UK Government is committed to stamping out all forms of child sexual abuse and doing all that we can to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

We have made a significant investment to improve our capabilities to tackle CSA offending, improve our safeguarding response and expanded our support for victims and survivors. We have also invested in identifying innovative approaches to tackling vulnerability among children and young people at risk of exploitation and piloted innovative multi-agency support for those who have experienced sexual abuse.

The step change in our response is already drawing this hidden crime out of the shadows. In September 2019, we announced we will invest an additional £30 million to safeguard children from child sexual exploitation and abuse and in early 2020 we will publish a first of its kind national strategy outlining our whole system response to tackling all forms of child sexual abuse.

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