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Lock down child sexual abuse 'hidden by under-reporting'
A significant drop in the number of child sexual abuse cases reported to police during lockdown masks the true extent of what's happened to vulnerable children, police chiefs say.
National Police Chiefs Council data shows reports in England and Wales fell by 25% between April and August, compared with the same period in 2019.
But officers told BBC Newsnight this does not represent the true picture.
And senior officers are warning child protection referrals will now rise.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey said he suspected the 25% fall was "a false and misleading picture" of what children may have experienced during those months.
- 'Worryingly low number' of at-risk children in school
- Online child abuse rising during lockdown
- Child sex abuse charity sees 50% rise in referrals
"Those children that would have been exposed to those adverse experiences during lockdown, it is only going to emerge when they spend time within the safe environment of a school, in contact with their teachers, who are very, very good and adept at identifying those signs - the indicators that something is not right within that child's life," he said.
Supt Chris Truscott, of South Wales Police, agreed there were limited opportunities during lockdown for vulnerable children to disclose harmful behaviour, which would start to come to light only now schools were back.
He too expected an increase in referrals officers would have had no way of identifying during lockdown.
"If they were vulnerable before the pandemic, then the likelihood is that vulnerability will have increased over that period of time," Supt Truscott said.
"So I think what we are likely to see is that trickle effect turning more into a river type effect where all of that six months of lockdown experiences which children perhaps have been through [are] aired."
- 'My parents put me in dangerous situations'
- Thousands of police trained to spot childhood trauma
- Help for trauma in childhood 'fragmented'
Supt Truscott is the national police lead on Early Action Together, a multi-agency programme in Wales that aims to stop those with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) - such as living with domestic abuse, divorce, a parent with addictions or in prison, and physical or sexual abuse - entering the criminal justice system.
Those who have Aces are:
- 14 times more likely to be victims of violence
- 15 times more likely to commit violence against another person
- 20 times more likely to be jailed as adults
Written by Malka Saba
Subject: child abuse
why our government not make any policy and rule for this act
this question always come in my mind ,our media also not take any action for this act,