Fairbridge abuse claims outlined by child abuse victims who were ignored, denied or forgotten
The full-time child abuse victim support scheme and support from specialist support providers for children who have been made to take part in abuse are being set up in the new year, the child protection watchdog has announced.
In addition to supporting children from the time they are abused, Ofcom is also looking at the possibility of setting up a nationwide child protection programme for children.
Ofcom said: “In this way we will be able to give more than just advice about what to do, we will be helping victims to be able to say what they want to say, rather than feeling they have to accept what happened.
“This is a huge opportunity for victims of abuse to have their voices heard and to know that there is more they can do to support themselves and those they care for.”
Ofcom said that all 12 of the most urgent allegations of abuse received through the scheme – including children under the age of 18 – were being referred for action.
In the last few weeks of December, Ofcom received more than 90 abuse cases from children whose carers ignored the abuse or who failed to intervene, while two new inquiries have been set up into the issue of abuse victims being made to ‘take part’.
Last month of the same year it was revealed how more than 700 alleged victims of sexual grooming were made to take part in the ‘Take Me Out to the Market’ campaign, launched by the BBC earlier this month.
Ofcom said it will also launch a criminal investigation of the way the BBC handled the story when it emerged just weeks after the report that there had been a number of child sex abuse cover-ups, including claims of false evidence from police and a series of “mistakes” being made by police.
The report also reveals how Ofcom’s decision-making is now hampered by the high number of cases that go unreported by victims, leading to a backlog of more than 18,000 missing cases and the creation of a backlog within the charity that the report described as an “unacceptable problem”.
In June, it was revealed that of the more than 4,000 police inquiries into sex offences against children last year, over 2,000 children were never contacted about a crime they had been wrongly convicted of.
Ofcom revealed the figures ahead of a number of hig