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."
More top news
The defection of three Conservative MPs makes headlines on Thursday.
Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are meeting Michel Barnier.
MSPs will vote in favour of the Scottish Government’s tax and spending plans for 2019-20, despite opposition from the Tories, Labour and the