The conviction rate of child abusers leapt by 20 per cent in the past year, new figures have revealed.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the rise was evidence that a recruitment drive to increase the number of specialist staff by 100 and double the number of teams trained to deal with rape and serious sexual offences had paid off.
According to a report published by the Home Office, there was a 19 per cent increase last year in the number of offenders convicted of a child sexual abuse-related offence.
The Tackling Child Exploitation Progress Report also revealed that the number of cases where a charging decision took longer than 28 days reduced by 70 per cent in the past 11 months.
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said staff involved in rape and serious sexual offence cases have received additional training.
She also said highlighted pilot schemes in Norfolk, South Yorkshire and Nottingham in which the police now seek advice from prosecution lawyers in the earliest stages of investigations.
The rise in conviction rates follows a report last winter by the Children’s Commissioner, which claimed up to 85% of child sex abuse goes unreported.
The report called for a major strategy by government, including teaching children about healthy and safe relationships, and ensuring all police forces record child sexual abuse-related crimes.
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