Our call this election week: Number 10 must seize the momentum
5 years ago a drastic change to the political status quo saw the ushering-in of the first coalition government since the last war. During its time in office the impact of a series of child abuse scandals on the child protection landscape has been seismic.
Many have recoiled in horror at the sexual rampage of Jimmy Savile in NHS hospitals and beyond, at the crimes of Rolf Harris and Max Clifford, increases in online abuse and grooming, the trafficking, raping and branding of young girls and some boys by grooming gangs in Oxford, in Rochdale and in Rotherham, where it is estimated there were as many as 1400 victims.
And still as we head towards the polling booths, although child sex abuse leads the news once again, the political focus is elsewhere.