Millions announced to tackle child abuse

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The Home Office has announced £40 million in new funding for measures designed to tackle the sexual abuse and trafficking of children.

Half the new money will be funnelled into National Crime Agency efforts to tackle sexual exploitation online, while more than £2 million will be allotted to the official Child Trafficking Protection Fund, from which it will then be distributed to seven charities working to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable children.

A new National Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse has also been announced, with £7.5 million in dedicated funding until 2020. This will be run by children’s charity Barnardo’s and will work closely with prominent partner organisations in its efforts to tackle the scourge, including the NHS for England and Wales.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“Children should be able to grow up free from the horrors of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Something that should go without saying, but sadly that’s not the case. Since 2010, the government has done more than any other to tackle these horrific offences.”

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2 comments

stuart - February 17, 2017 at 12:19pm

Good News of course for children that the Government is taking aspects of Child Abuse seriously and taking steps to ensure children are protected. And so they should.
However in the light of the comments of Anthony Douglas, the CEO of CAFCASS, that Parental Alienation is now recognised as Child Abuse – when is the Government going to take this issue seriously? Despite their own CEO’s comments CAFCASS officers still do not seem, at grass root level, to often understand this scourge, and nor do members of the Judiciary at lower Court level.
This is Government responsibility. If PA is now accepted to be Child Abuse, and it is, Amber Rudd needs to use her authority to act.
Now.

keith - February 17, 2017 at 1:29pm

i hope they will include looking into Local Authorities for suspected child stealing in cahoots with Adoption Agencies which is without doubt a form of child trafficking.
LA solicitors are at the forefront of this scandal as they are the ones using their knowledge and experience to shield the Social workers and management doing the damage.
its time for the hammer to fall on LA corruption.

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