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How to respond to the consultation - a quick guide

By email

  1. Download the consultation document on Public Consultation on Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse consultation document (Adobe PDF document - 258kb)
  2. Download the consultation response document (Microsoft Word document - 24kb)
  3. Complete the form by typing in the spaces
  4. Send an email to us by 3 September 2013 and attach your response

By post

  1. Download the consultation document on Public Consultation on Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse consultation document (Adobe PDF document - 258kb)
  2. Download and print the consultation response document (Microsoft Word document - 24kb)
  3. Complete the form
  4. Send the completed form to us at the address below by 3 September 2013:

Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse Team
Strategy and Policy Directorate
Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters – 9th Floor
Rose Court
Southwark Bridge
London
SE1 9HS

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Public consultation on the Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED

What is this consultation about?

The purpose of this consultation is to seek a range of views on the Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has written to interested parties to further explain the background and scope of the interim guidelines. You can read this letter elsewhere on this site.

You can also read a summary of the interim guidance on this website.

We welcome your feedback and comments by no later than 3 September 2013.

The College of Policing is also running a consultation on a review of their guidance for Child Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation. This can be found on the College of Policing website.

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Questions for consultation

We have identified a number of questions which are outlined at the end of the Consultation Paper on which we would particularly invite comment.

If you are replying by email, we would be grateful if you would not attach any other documents to the guidance document. There are limits on the size of documents that we are able to accept and any completed consultation document which has an attachment runs the risk of not being delivered. If you wish to send an attachment to us, please email us separately at childsexualabuse.consultation@cps.gsi.gov.uk.

If you use a special software program to read the Consultation Document and you find that you have difficulty in reading it, please get in touch with the Team, whose contact details are set out in the How to Respond section.

If you would like to return your replies to the questions at the back of the consultation document by post, please download the Interim Guidelines in PDF format.

Alternatively, you can read the Interim Guidelines on this site.

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How to respond

Both written and electronic responses to the consultation are acceptable, although we would prefer electronic replies on the completed pro-forma.

Please be aware that if you complete and return this document by email, you will be responding over the open internet. If you would prefer, please complete and return the PDF version to the postal address given below.

Please include your name, organisation (if applicable), postal address and email address.

Closing date for responses: 3 September 2013

Responses can be sent by post to:

Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse Team
Strategy and Policy Directorate
Crown Prosecution Service
9th Floor
Rose Court
Southwark Bridge
SE1 9HS

or by email to: childsexualabuse.consultation@cps.gsi.gov.uk

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Welsh language documents

The following consultation documents are available in Welsh:

Mae'r dogfennau ymgynghori canlynol ar gael yn Gymraeg:

Alternative formats

If you require a copy of this Consultation Paper in any other format, for example, audio or large print, please contact the postal address above.

Next steps

We will consider every individual response received. A summary of the consultation responses will be published on the CPS website in accordance with the Government's guidelines.

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Responses: Confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the CPS, the Government or related agencies.

Furthermore, information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information legislation including the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could briefly explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not be regarded as binding on the CPS.

Please ensure your response is marked clearly if you wish your response and name to be kept confidential. Confidential responses will be included in any statistical summary of numbers of comments received and views expressed. The CPS will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 - in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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Government Consultation Principles

The key Consultation Principles are:

  • departments will follow a range of timescales rather than defaulting to a 12-week period, particularly where extensive engagement has occurred before;
  • departments will need to give more thought to how they engage with and consult with those who are affected;
  • consultation should be 'digital by default', but other forms should be used where these are needed to reach the groups affected by a policy; and
  • the principles of the Compact between government and the voluntary and community sector will continue to be respected.

The complete Consultation Principles are available from the Cabinet Office website (opens in new window).

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