The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report in response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) report on the sexual abuse of children in custodial settings. The DfE report looked at whether the practice of placing children together in secure children’s homes (SCHs) for justice and welfare reasons increases the risk of child sexual abuse. Findings from unpublished statistical evidence about the profile of the children referred to SCHs, serious incidents in SCHs reported to Ofsted and local data and interviews with staff concluded that there was no evidence to show that there is an increased risk of sexual abuse to children as a result of being placed in a mixed SCH.
Read the report: Placing children for ‘welfare’ and ‘justice’ reasons together in secure children’s homes
Read the government response: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse custodial institutions report: government response
Source: Department for Education
Date: 07 May 2021