Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed an NSPCC report that highlights the challenges faced by social workers in tackling child sexual abuse.
Tony Lloyd said: “This is a really important report that highlights the challenges in dealing with child sexual abuse and ensuring those who have contact with potential victims on a daily basis get the right support and guidance. But we cannot let vulnerable children down and must face up to these challenges.
“The report identifies issues that we’re currently addressing here in Greater Manchester. Child sexual abuse is a complex and harrowing issue and it can’t be tackled by one agency alone. That’s why in Greater Manchester we are driving forward a joined-up approach to tackling child sexual exploitation which brings together social workers with our local authorities, health and police to share information and work side by side.
“There is still a way to go and this report also highlights the need to make sure all frontline staff who work with vulnerable people have the training, confidence and support to deal with this issue, identify and support victims, and know how to access help and guidance to ensure we are doing all we can to protect children and young people.”
The NSPCC report highlights caseload pressures, expectations of partner agencies and insufficient support and preventative services as limiting the support social workers are able to give children.
The findings are based on a study carried out by Coventry University with social workers, managers and safeguarding board chairs in six local authorities across England.
You can view the report on the NSPCC website.