Sex abuse in families: Poor prevention work and staff training is letting down victims

Children who are being sexually abused by family members are going “unseen and unheard” because of a lack of prevention work and poor awareness among professionals.

Familial abuse accounts for around two-thirds of all child sexual abuse, although the true figure may be higher due to under-reporting. It covers abuse perpetrated by a family member, including a child or adult sibling, or by a person close to, or known to, the family.

A joint-targeted area inspection, focused on six local authority areas across England, has highlighted a number of shortcomings.

The problems centre around ineffective criminal investigations as well as an absence of preventative education work and training for professionals in spotting the signs.
The investigation report – which has been published by Ofsted, HMICFRS, the Care Quality Commission and HMI Probation – says that professionals are relying “too heavily on children to speak out about abuse”.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here