New guidelines a key tool in the fight against child sexual abuse in the capital, says new CCP

17/10/2013

London’s new Chief Crown Prosecutor has today assured Londoners that the newly published guidelines for prosecuting child sexual abuse cases will be used to full effect in the fight against child sexual abuse in the capital.

New guidelines for tackling child sexual abuse have been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service following a public consultation on interim guidelines which gathered widespread support.

Baljit Ubhey, who recently took up the post as CPS London's Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "In my new role as the head of CPS London I want to assure Londoners that tackling Child Sexual Abuse will be one of my priorities.
"I welcome these new guidelines which I believe will have a big impact on how we fight against child sexual abuse in our city.
"London's size and diversity brings its own unique challenges to prosecuting child sexual abuse and these guidelines set out a clear, agreed approach for prosecutors."

Alongside the guidelines the CPS is also publishing a joint protocol for information sharing in child abuse cases.  Police and prosecutors are now expected to share and seek appropriate information about vulnerable youngsters with and from social services, schools and family courts in accordance with the protocol and a good practice model.

Ms Ubhey added: "By working together with other agencies, all with the common goal of protecting children and stamping out child sexual abuse I am certain we can make a big difference.
"We know that child sexual abuse is not limited to any one type of community and that victims often face many barriers to coming forward and reporting the abuse.
"I hope these new measures will give victims of child sexual abuse the confidence to bring their abusers to justice."

The announcement of the new measures from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, can be found here.