Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, responds to dare2care strategy to tackle sexual abuse.

2 Nov 2016 03:16 PM

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England has responded to the dare2care strategy to tackle sexual abuse.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said:

“I welcome Sarah Champion’s dare2care strategy which rightly puts the spotlight on help for parents, professionals and schools to help tackle abuse and protect children.

“We know that most cases of abuse never come to the attention of the authorities and large numbers of children will suffer in silence, often as a result of grooming, intimidation and threats.  No child should have to suffer the horror of sexual abuse which can leave children struggling to cope with their awful experiences into adulthood. It is vital that everyone gets better at spotting the signs of abuse and exploitation and act on these to get children protected. 

“I would like to see more Children’s Houses established, based on the Icelandic Barnahus model, which have been shown to increase identification of victims and reduce trauma on victims by providing therapy, evidence gathering and medical support all under one roof. Schools also have a critical role to play in teaching children about respectful, healthy relationships, including understanding of consent.”

More information about Sarah Champion’s Dare2Care strategy to tackle sexual abuse