The children’s commissioner for England says she is hopeful that a pioneering Icelandic method of preventing child sex abuse can be established in West Yorkshire.
Anne Longfield says creating a ‘Barnahus’ could double the number of child sexual abuse convictions in West Yorkshire and spoke on the subject last week at a meeting in Wakefield.
The concept has been in operation in Iceland since 1998. When child abuse is suspected all the services for victims are provided under one roof. These include the forensic interview, medical examination and child or family therapy.