The multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment

This report draws together findings from six joint targeted area inspections, focusing on the multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment.

The findings in this report consider the extent to which children’s social care, health professionals, the police and probation officers were effective in safeguarding children who live with sexual abuse in the family environment.

The inspections were carried out between September 2018 and May 2019 in the following local areas:

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Cornwall
  • Derby City
  • Islington
  • Shropshire
  • York

The findings from these inspections have been drawn together to identify national themes and issues, highlighting the need for professionals to give sexual abuse a higher priority in local areas, through improved training and awareness-raising of the problem.

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