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Three new reports describe experiences of child sexual abuse victims

Children’s Commissioner’s report examines children’s experiences of the justice system

The Children's Commissioner for England has published three new reports which describe the experiences of children who are victims of child sexual abuse.

The studies hear from children who have suffered sexual abuse within the family environment, look at the role of schools in preventing it, and examine the length of the criminal justice process in child sexual abuse.

One of the studies, Making noise: children's voices for positive change, gives an insight into the lives of abuse victims. Commissioned by the Children's Commissioner, researchers from the University of Bedfordshire in partnership with NSPCC interviewed children aged between 5 and 19 who were receiving support for experiences of child sexual abuse in their family.

Previous research by the Children's Commissioner into child sexual abuse has concluded that as few as one in eight victims come to the attention of authorities and that abuse in the family environment counts for two-thirds of all child sexual abuse.

The reports set out some of the significant barriers to support that still exist for children who are the victims of child sexual abuse.

On children's experiences of seeking help and support for child sexual abuse within the family environment:

On the role of schools in preventing child sexual abuse:

On children's experiences of the justice system:

All three reports can be accessed from this page.