DPP: Vulnerability can no longer be barrier to justice

New guidelines for prosecutors on how to tackle cases involving child sexual abuse will help protect the most vulnerable victims, said the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Keir Starmer QC said:

These guidelines are informed by those involved in protecting children. They are intended to spell out a different approach to prosecuting these very difficult cases.

In particular, the guidelines make clear that the focus for prosecutors must be on the credibility of the allegation being made.

Vulnerability can no longer be a barrier to justice and I want to see prosecutors actively challenging any misconceptions a jury might have.

– Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions

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New abuse victim guidelines

New guidelines for prosecutors on how to tackle cases involving child sexual abuse will help protect the most vulnerable victims, the CPS has said. The move comes as part of a series of government measures to aid victims of crime.