Experts have been warning for decades that up to a million children in Britain
are victims of sexual abuse - each day. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31691061
Analysis: Mark Easton, BBC Home EditorIt is now deemed a national threat akin to terrorism and major civil disorder but the issue of child sexual exploitation was not even a footnote in either the Conservative or Labour manifestos, nor indeed in the coalition agreement, at the last election.
And yet this is hardly a new problem. Experts have been warning for decades that up to a million children in Britain are victims of sexual abuse - each day.
If wilfully ignoring the problem is now to risk being sent to jail, some might argue our political leaders have questions to answer. Questions too about how today's strategy will improve matters on the front line.
While there is broad support for measures encouraging a greater priority for child sexual abuse, and measures to deal with what the prime minister called the 'walk-on-by' culture, will threatening social workers with jail if they fail in their duties encourage high quality applicants to join and stay in the profession?
Many councils report a high level of social work vacancies - particularly in more senior roles. So-called 'blame culture' is itself blamed for a shortage of qualified staff.