Sexual abuse is being missed as children’s services CSA recording sees biggest drop in 18 years, charity warns

A steep decline in the number of child protection plans for sexual abuse means this form of harm is increasingly hidden, rather than reducing, a new report has warned.

In an evidence study published today, the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) found that between 1993-94 and 2019-20, the number of plans listing child sexual abuse dropped by 60%.

The biggest year-on-year drop (12%) in the number of child protection plans recording CSA as the initial category came from 2018-19 to 2019-20, from 2,950 to 2,600.

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