It's deeply concerning that thousands of children are committing sexual offences including serious assaults and rape.
For very young children, such as those of primary school age or younger, we have to question the environment in which they are growing up that has led to them behaving in this way.
Prevention has to be the key and that is recognising warning signs early and taking swift action. It could be that they have seen sexual activity that they are just too young to understand and are copying what they've seen."
This latest investigation is a major step forward investigating claims of widespread child abuse.
The NSPCC is providing a round-the-clock helpline – 0800 389 6176 - which has already taken 124 calls relating to this inquiry. We would urge anyone who has any information about abuse, either current or historic, to contact us or the police immediately.
– Des Mannion, NSPCC national head of service in Wales
Early intervention programmes such as Families First, Flying Start and Integrated Family support services work to combat the circumstances in which neglect can happen. The proposed Social Services (Wales) Bill will contain provisions for a more robust and coherent statutory framework and a responsive, sustainable and confident workforce, to safeguard children. Safeguarding children is a key priority of the Welsh Government. We will continue to consider what more can be done to support agencies, practitioners, families and children.