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New approach to combat child sexual abuse announced by Home Secretary

The Home Office has launched a new strategy aimed at protecting children from all forms of sexual abuse.

The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy sets out how the government will use new legislation and enhanced technology to stop offenders, including investing in the UK’s world-leading Child Abuse Image Database to identify and catch more offenders quicker.

The Home Office will also make it easier for parents and carers to ask the police if someone has a criminal record for child sexual offences as the department commits to a review of Sarah’s Law.

These new measures come on top of civil orders to stop reoffending and introducing stronger sentencing so that serious violent and sexual offenders remain in prison for longer.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have told me how they feel let down by the state. I am determined to put this right.

“This first-of-its-kind national Strategy will tackle and respond to all forms of child sexual abuse, relentlessly going after abusers, whilst better protecting victims and survivors.

“Crucially, it contains a commitment to collect higher quality data on the characteristics of offenders, so that the government can build a fuller picture of perpetrators, and tackle the abuse that has blighted many towns and cities across our country.”

Read the full strategy here.