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Durham Commissioner backs national child abuse inquiry

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Durham Commissioner backs national child abuse inquiry

Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner has announced his support for the national Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment. The inquiry was launched by the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) on Thursday this week.

The Inquiry follows findings from the OCCs two-year Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG), during which time many children were spoken to, who experienced sexual abuse in the family environment which had gone unaddressed. It will focus on abuse perpetrated by a family member, or which takes place in the family environment.

Mr Hogg said: "Protection of children in our communities is paramount and something I have been working towards, not only during my time in policing, but also during the 4 years I recently spent working in Children’s Safeguarding in Sunderland.

"Children should be safe and protected in their home environment. I welcome the inquiry launched this week by the OCC which will help to safeguard children in the future from this type of abuse."

Reducing the impact of Domestic Abuse, particularly violence against women and girls’ is one of the policing priorities Mr Hogg has tasked the Chief Constable to deliver in the Police and Crime Plan 2013-17.

For more information about the national enquiry, visit the OCC's website at: http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/

Follow PCC Ron Hogg on Twitter: @RonaldHogg1, or for organisation updates: @DurhamPCC.

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Posted on Friday 4th July 2014
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