Stronger evidence into what works will help us provide more effective help for children who've been sexually abused, says Peter Wanless
Sexual abuse has a devastating impact on children and young people. The long-term effects of sexual abuse can have significant consequences on a child's health and development, as well as their behaviour and relationships with others. Effects that can last a lifetime.
It's estimated that 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused, and a high number of those cases go unreported. All too often the child doesn't understand what is happening to them, or even that the abuse is wrong.
Yet when they come forward, many children are left struggling to get the support they need due to lengthy waiting times and a lack of available services in the area.