Children reporting sexual and violent crimes are not being taken seriously, the government’s victims tsar has warned.
Baroness Newlove said that the lessons of the Jimmy Savile and Rotherham sex abuse scandals had not been learnt because young people were still being made to feel like criminals or being accused of wasting police time when they reported serious crimes.
Children felt they were not believed by police, social workers, teachers or society as a whole when they reported violent or sexual attacks, according to the report by the victims’ commissioner. She said: “These children and young victims feel let down by the system that is meant to protect them. It is time attitudes towards them were changed.
Victims Commissioner’s Website: http://victimscommissioner.org.uk/