Police ‘still failing to take child sex victims seriously’

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.

Read on… http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/police-still-failing-to-take-child-sex-victims-seriously-8m02hcqdf

Young victims of crime ‘still not believed despite Rotherham and Savile scandals’

Children are not being taken seriously when they report violent and sexual crimes despite the recent inquiries into the Rotherham and Jimmy Savile abuse scandals, the Government’s victims tsar has warned.

Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing youngsters who feel they are being let down by the system that is meant to protect them, according to Baroness Newlove.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/young-victims-of-crime-still-not-believed-despite-rotherham-and-savile-scandals-1-8402312

Victims Commissioner’s Website: http://victimscommissioner.org.uk/

2 thoughts on “Police ‘still failing to take child sex victims seriously’

  1. Pingback: The Week That Was – Last Weeks Top Ten 25 February 2017 | Rotherham Politics

  2. It is not just the young victims who are being let down, but also their parents when they also report and support reporting.


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