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Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Crimes involving young people

Young people as victims and witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support young victims and witnesses and treat them with dignity.

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Youth crime

The Crown Prosecution Service acts in partnership with other agencies such as the police, the youth justice board, children's services, courts and youth offending teams. Each area of the CPS has a youth justice specialist who oversees the prosecution of youth crime in their area.

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Three men guilty of sexual exploitation offences in Manchester


Three men have been found guilty by a jury at Manchester Crown Square Crown Court of the serious sexual exploitation of two young girls in Manchester.

Shamin Uddin was found guilty of raping both girls and two charges of attempting to rape one of the girls. He was also found guilty of sexual activity with a child. Giash Uddin was found guilty of sexual activity with a child. Robert Jackson was found guilty of raping one of the girls.

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England, said: "These men have been found guilty of serious sexual offences against vulnerable and impressionable young victims. The two girls were initially flattered by the attentions of the adult men in this case. They were groomed, and plied with drugs and large amounts of alcohol and then manipulated so that they felt obliged to repay their abusers in the form of sexual favours. This often took place when the victims were so intoxicated that they were in no position to freely consent to the sexual acts. Nevertheless, the men used them for their own gratification and cruelly exploited them.

"The victims have shown enormous courage in coming to court and giving evidence. As a result of their bravery, we have been able to bring these defendants to justice for their abhorrent crimes.

"Today's outcome demonstrates the commitment of the CPS and Greater Manchester Police to supporting victims of child sexual abuse, and tackling offenders through the courts. It is a top priority for us.  I would urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report the abuse to the authorities."


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  2. The DPP has set out what the public can expect from the CPS in the Core Quality Standards document published in March 2010.
  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three specialised national divisions: Central Fraud Division, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism, and Organised Crime. In 2011-2012, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health (DoH) prosecution functions were transferred to the CPS. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales.
  4. In 2010-2011 the CPS employed around 7,745 people and prosecuted 957,881 cases with 116,898 of these in the Crown Court, and the remaining 840,983 in the magistrates' courts. Of those we prosecuted, 93,106 defendants were convicted in the Crown Court and 727,491 in the magistrates' courts. In total 86% of cases prosecuted resulted in a conviction. Further information can be found on the CPS website.
  5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.