Child sexual abuse

Andrew Martin
March 2020

Reference documents

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

    This report summarises findings from our joint targeted area inspections of ‘the multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment’, which took place between September 2018 and May 2019. The findings in this report consider the extent to which children’s social care, health professionals, youth offending services, the police and probation officers effectively work together to safeguard children who are subject to, or at risk of, sexual abuse in the family environment.

  • Child sexual abuse: learning from case reviews

    The learning from these case reviews highlights that professionals must be able to recognise and respond to sexual abuse. Professionals need to be able to work effectively within multi-agency frameworks to ensure all information is shared and acted upon via suitable processes and in a timely manner. Professional curiosity should be displayed in interactions with families, carers and other practitioners to ensure that the child’s safety remain the focus and are appropriately addressed.