NSPCC: Children need more support when in court

Fewer than a quarter of the 23,000 child sex offences recorded in England and Wales last year resulted in prosecution.
Fewer than a quarter of the 23,000 child sex offences recorded in England and Wales last year resulted in prosecution. Credit: ITV News

Children giving evidence in court in sexual abuse cases need to be given more support, with many suffering from stress ahead of a trial, the NSPCC has said.

The children's charity warned some cases are collapsing because not enough is done to help vulnerable witnesses, it has been reported.

Fewer than a quarter of the 23,000 child sex offences recorded in England and Wales last year resulted in prosecution, according to the NSPCC.

Chief executive Peter Wanless told the BBC news website: "These children have to publicly relive the most traumatic, upsetting and humiliating experience of their lives in order to try and get justice."

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NSPCC's child support warning

Children giving evidence in court in sexual abuse cases need to be given more support, with many suffering from stress ahead of a trial, the NSPCC has said.