Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Signs and Indicators: A template for identifying and responding to concerns of child sexual abuse.
Research indicates that just one in three children who had been sexually abused by an adult told anyone. For those abused by another child this was even less, with five out of six not speaking to anyone.
There are many barriers to children sharing their experiences of sexual abuse. We know from research and data that it simply isn’t likely that a child will feel able to tell professionals directly what is happening or recognise that what is happening to them is abuse.