How much is contact child sexual abuse really costing England and Wales?

The Home Office has published its report about the economic and social cost of contact child sexual abuse (CSA). The report considers both the financial and non-financial costs relating to all children who began to experience contact sexual abuse, or who continued to experience contact sexual abuse, in England and Wales, in the year ending 31 March 2019. The total costs is estimated to be at least £10.1 billion (in 2018/19 prices). Furthermore, for each individual who experiences CSA, the cost is estimated to be £89,240.

Previous estimates of the cost of CSA put this cost at £3.2 billion in 2014. The Home Office previously considered that the cost for child sexual exploitation (CSE), a subset of CSA was estimated to be at £2.3 billion in the financial year 2015/16.

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Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (‘the Lanzarote Convention’)

Last month we looked at the recommendation from IICSA’s interim report that the UK government ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (‘the Lanzarote Convention’).  This week the Home Office has confirmed ratification on 20 June and the convention will come into force on 1 October 2018. Continue reading

Forced Marriage: Unwilling Victims

With the school summer holidays looming the NSPCC has warned that the potential for a further type of child abuse to be perpetrated arises, the forced marriage of children and young people.   Continue reading

IICSA’s Interim Report – An Overview

Over the last few weeks we have provided updates on the publication of the IICSA’s first two investigation reports – Rochdale and Child Migration. This week the IICSA published their Interim Report (“the Report”) as required by their Terms of Reference. The Report brings together the IICSA’s work to date following the five public hearings held, two investigation reports and a series of seminars discussing issues relevant to child sexual abuse. Continue reading

IICSA Update

The IICSA is making progress with its work. Latest developments are detailed below.

Child migration

On 31 January 2017 the IICSA chair and panel held the second preliminary hearing on the Child Migration module which is part of the investigation into children outside the UK. Representatives of the five institutional and one complainant core participants attended the hearing which reviewed the scope of the two scheduled hearings, disclosure, witness evidence and various other practical preparations. The first of two public hearings for this module will begin on 27 February and last for two weeks. It will provide an introduction to, and history of, the child migration programmes and explain the involvement of various organisations as well as hear evidence from a number of former child migrants. The second hearing is scheduled to start on 10 July and will hear from the institutions involved and examine whether they took sufficient care to protect child migrants, the steps taken in response to allegations of sexual abuse and the adequacy of support and reparations thereafter.

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