Responding to the NSPCC’s report into the number of recorded child sex offences, Dame Vera Baird QC, APCC Chair & Victims Portfolio Lead said:
“This report highlights the scale of the challenge facing police forces in dealing with the number of reports of child sex offences.
“It is, however, encouraging to see that more victims now have the confidence to come forward, that the police are more responsive and have improved their reporting methods and that public confidence in the process has increased.
“Fundamental to any overarching strategy is prevention via education, which is why Police and Crime Commissioners welcomed the Government’s recent decision to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education for all schools. This is a welcome step forward in safeguarding all our children and young people by ensuring that they are educated on the risks and given the appropriate tools to keep themselves safe.”