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A BBC News article summarises recent attempts to estimate the number of men who have a sexual interest in children.
Source: BBC Online  30 July 2014

The Home Office has published a review of procedures to identify children at risk of abuse. The review found that areas with a multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) support professionals to understand threats so they can act to prevent them.
Source: Home Office Press Release  29 July 2014
Further information:
   Multi-agency working and information sharing projects: early findings (PDF)

The Welsh Government has launched a review into their role of the Children's Commissioner. Everyone who has an interest in children and young people is invited to contribute and the consultation will close on 3 October 2014.
Source: Welsh Government press release 23 July 2014

NICE want to recruit service users and carers to form part of a group who will develop guidance about child abuse and neglect. Closing date for applications is 20 August 2014.
Source: NICE  25 July 2014

Early intervention: policy and practice
This conference, organised by Children & Young People Now, takes place on 12 September 2014.
Source: Children & Young People Now 

The Guardian reports that, in the last 6 years, Metropolitan Police child abuse investigators have seen an increase of 52% in reports of rape and a 68% rise in allegations of sexual assault. There was a particularly sharp spike after December 2012, when allegations against Jimmy Savile came to light and Operation Yewtree was set up. These figures were obtained from a London Assembly Police and Crime Committee report.
Source: Guardian  22 July 2014
Further information:
   Keeping London's children safe: the Met's role in safeguarding children (PDF)

Nottinghamshire police force has written to schools in the county warning schoolchildren that they could face prosecution for sexting. The letter cites the case of a teenage girl who was cautioned for distributing an indecent image of a child after sending a topless picture of herself to her boyfriend.
Source: Guardian  22 July 2014

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published a report analysing data from the Troubled Families Programme which reveals the nature and extent of the problems the families face. Findings include: 71% of them have a health problem; 29% of them have experienced domestic violence or abuse; and 35% have a child of concern to social services.
Source: Department for Communities and Local Government press release  22 July 2014
Further information:
   Understanding troubled families

Department for Education commissioned research has found that serious case reviews need reform to ensure their lessons engage frontline professionals. Recommendations include creating evidence-based learning tools to enable collective and targeted learning.
Source: Children & Young People Now  21 July 2014
Further information:
   A study to investigate the barriers to learning from serious case reviews and identify ways of overcoming these barriers (PDF)

An article in the Guardian highlights the use by gangs of sexual violence against girls. Gang members view it as a ‘low risk’ way of asserting dominance over rivals.
Source: Guardian  19 July 2014

The NSPCC has published a report which estimates the costs of child sexual abuse in the UK. Based on costs coming from health; the criminal justice service; services for children; and loss of productivity to society, it estimates that child sexual abuse cost the UK £3.2 bn in 2012.
Source: NSPCC Inform  16 July 2014
Further information:
   Estimating the costs of child sexual abuse in the UK (PDF)

An article in the Guardian features a course run by Parents Against Sexual Exploitation (PACE), which helps professionals understand the role of parents in tackling grooming and sexual exploitation.
Source: Guardian  15 July 2014

In a blog in the Guardian, Research in Practice director, Dez Holmes, talks about her work with organisations including the NSPCC to support young people with harmful sexual behaviour.
Source: Guardian  10 July 2014

The NSPCC is calling for a change in the law to prevent child abuse being covered up.
Source: NSPCC Press Release  09 July 2014

The Home Secretary has announced two inquiries into historical child sexual abuse. One will be led by the NSPCC's Peter Wanless and will focus on how the Home Office, police and prosecutors handled abuse allegations given to them. It will report back in 10 weeks. The second, chaired by Baroness Butler Sloss, is wider ranging and will examine how public institutions handled allegations of historical child sexual abuse. This inquiry is not likely to report back before next year's general election.
Source: BBC Online  11 July 2014

Figures obtained by the NSPCC through a Freedom of Information request to 38 police forces in England and Wales show that over 8000 under-18s were accused of sexual offences against other children in the past two years.
Source: NSPCC Press Release  07 July 2014

An article in the Independent reports on a Circles UK project in which volunteers befriend known child abusers in an effort to prevent them from re-offending.
Source: Independent  07 July 2014

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has launched a national inquiry into child sexual abuse in families. This coincides with the publication of a rapid evidence assessment on intra-familial child sexual abuse which uncovered gaps in knowledge about this type of abuse within families.
Source: The Office of the Children's Commissioner  03 July 2014
Further information:
   "It's a lonely journey": a rapid evidence assessment on intra-familial child sexual abuse

The Sex Education Forum has highlighted the need for better sex and relationships education (SRE) so that children can recognise sexual abuse in the wake of the Savile and Harris cases. The campaign 'It's my right' is calling for statutory SRE as part of an entitlement to statutory personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education.
Source: National Children's Bureau press release 03 July 2014
Further information:
   Sex and relationships education: It's my right

The Guardian reports that justice ministers have rejected a call from 124 MPs from all parties for an 'overarching' official inquiry into historical child sexual abuse.
Source: Guardian  01 July 2014

The broadcaster, Rolf Harris, 84, has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Some of his victims were as young as seven or eight. He has been jailed for 5 years and 9 months. Police are now considering fresh claims against him.
Source: BBC Online  01 July 2014
Further information:
   BBC News: NSPCC: 'There was darker, hidden side to Rolf Harris'

BBC Freedom of Information requests to secondary schools and police forces across six English counties have revealed a sharp rise in incidents of 'sexting' between underage pupils, with children as young as 10 being reported to the police.
Source: BBC Online  26 June 2014

The Department of Health has published the findings of the investigations of 28 NHS hospitals into abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile. They have also published an independent investigation into Jimmy Savile's activities at Broadmoor Hospital.
Source: DoH Press Release  26 June 2014
Further information:
   NHS and Department of Health investigations into Jimmy Savile
   Jimmy Savile investigation: Broadmoor Hospital

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) has launched a public awareness campaign to tackle the issue of child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland.
Source: Safeguarding Board Northern Ireland (SBNI) 24 June 2014
Further information:
   Safer to Know

The NSPCC and Mencap have launched a new version of the successful Underwear Rule campaign. They have produced a guide to help parents teach children who have a learning disability about sexual abuse.
Source: NSPCC Website  26 June 2014

In Northern Ireland, new measures have been introduced to require sex offenders to provide additional information to the police as part of their notification requirements.
Source: Northern Ireland Executive 23 June 2014

The charity, Kids' Company, has launched a campaign, 'See the child, change the system', to design a new model for delivering children's services which would reach a greater number of vulnerable young people.
Source: Children & Young People Now  24 June 2014
Further information:
   See the child, change the system

The Centre for Social Justice has published a report which claims that England's child protection system is at crisis point, with many councils setting very high thresholds for intervention and not providing early help.
Source: Community Care  23 June 2014
Further information:
   Enough is enough: a report on child protection and mental health services for children and young people (PDF)

Steps-B, run by University College London, is a trial involving children's professionals across 14 London boroughs, who will be using multisystemic therapy to help children who display sexually harmful behaviour.
Source: Steps-B - University College London  24 June 2014

A Freedom of Information request obtained by the Labour Party has shown that the number of people barred from working with children in England and Wales because they have committed sex offences has fallen from 12,360 in 2011 to 2,800 in 2013.
Source: BBC Online  24 June 2014

New on NSPCC Inform, a research briefing on people who abuse children.
Source: NSPCC Inform  24 June 2014

Religious and community leaders have gathered at a summit in the Home Office to condemn the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). UK representatives of all the world’s major religions will sign a declaration against FGM at the government’s Girl Summit in July.
Source: Home Office Press Release  20 June 2014

In a video on the Guardian website, the director of a creative agency talks about how he developed virtual reality software to trick online child abusers in to revealing their identities.
Source: Guardian  20 June 2014

Tackling honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation conference
This conference, organised by Capita, takes place on 16 July 2014, in London.
Source: Capita

A BBC investigation has found that tens of thousands of child sexual abusers have been using the dark net to trade child abuse images.
Source: BBC Online  19 June 2014

Exaro News reports on a letter sent by a group of MPs to the Home Secretary calling for a national inquiry in to historical cases of child sexual abuse.
Source: Exaro News  03 June 2014

A BBC news report draws comparisons between sexual violence in war zones and the sexual violence experienced by young girls drawn in to gang life in the UK.
Source: BBC Online  13 June 2014

In a new report, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has welcomed a provision in the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill which criminalises the possession of pornographic images of rape and other non-consensual sexual penetration.
Source: Wiredgov news alerting service  11 June 2014
Further information:
   Legislative scrutiny: (1) Criminal Justice and Courts Bill and (2) Deregulation Bill (PDF)

The NSPCC has published a report highlighting the work of helpline in Scotland in 2012/13. During this time, the helpline responded to 1,920 contacts from people in Scotland, an increase of 30.2% on the previous year. 1,166 of these contacts resulted in referrals to children's services or the police.
Source: NSPCC Inform  12 June 2014
Further information:
   Speaking up for Scotland's children: the NSPCC's helpline in Scotland: a year in review April 2012 - March 2013 (PDF)

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has produced advice for both local authorities and local safeguarding children's boards in England on the implications for deaf children of the Department for Education Working Together guidance.
Source: The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)  09 June 2014
Further information:
   Deaf children and Working Together: NDCS advice to local authorities on implementing Working Together 2013 guidance with regard to promoting the wellbeing and safeguarding of deaf children (PDF). 09 June 2014

The Director of Public Prosecutions has published a new action plan to tackle rape cases. Measures include: focusing on the behaviour of the suspect rather than the credibility of the victim.
Source: Crown Prosecution Service press release  06 June 2014
Further information:
   Joint CPS and police action plan on rape (PDF)