The coronavirus lockdown has created a “perfect storm” for many children isolated with their abusers, ex-home secretary Sajid Javid has said.
Writing in the Telegraph, he said this will contribute to a “surge” in cases.
He said he will lead a new “no holds barred” inquiry into child sex abuse in the UK with the Centre for Social Justice think tank.
The inquiry will examine organised child sexual exploitation and the abuse of children online.
It comes as the NSPCC says its helpline for adults has responded to more than 10,000 “child welfare contacts” since the start of the UK’s lockdown in March.
Concerns included emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and parental mental health.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced last month that the government will publish a paper “later this year” on research into group-based child sexual…
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