In category Crime and reducing re-offending, Hidden populations

Child sexual exploitation & child ISVAs in Teesside

This report looks at CSE in Teesside and reviews Barnardo’s independent sexual violence advisor service for children. It highlights an inherent problem within the criminal justice system and the service a child is able to receive once they have reported an incident of exploitation. Currently after a report, a child can receive no support that deals with the specific incident until after the court case has been heard, as the defending solicitor can claim the child is being coached, thus endangering the justice process. Read the report here.


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