National strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse

In September 2020 VAL published an article on the government’s response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.  

The article can be found here:

The government, in its response, stated its commitment to tackling child sexual abuse and exploitation in all its forms

On 22 January 2021 the Home Office, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, and Victoria Atkins MP published a news story, in which, they describe the first-of-its-kind national strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse has been published.

The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy sets out the government’s vision for preventing, tackling and responding to child sexual abuse in all its forms, whether it is committed in person or online, in families or communities, here in this country or overseas.

The strategy is based on the following three objectives:

  • Objective 1: tackling all forms of child sexual abuse and bringing offenders to justice
  • Objective 2: preventing offending and re-offending
  • Objective 3: protecting and safeguarding children and young people, and supporting all victims and survivors

The strategy can be accessed here.

The news story can be accessed here.

Local VCSE organisations providing support to victims of child sexual abuse may find the strategy of interest. Other local VCSE organisations may want to refer to the strategy when they review their safeguarding policy for children.

We recommend that trustee boards review their policies on a rolling annual basis, to check how effective they are practically and whether there has been any legislative changes.