Monday, 20 April 2015

National task force to be set up in Scotland to tackle child sex abuse

"A national task force set up to tackle child sex abuse in Scotland will be formally launched later."

Stephen House

"Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen House and Education Minister Angela Constance will unveil the National Child Abuse Investigation unit."

"The unit, in Livingston, has been set up to support local divisions in the investigation of child sexual abuse."

"Child sexual exploitation - current and historical - and online investigations will also be the focus of the team."

"The creation of the unit was announced in October in response to concerns following the child sex exploitation revelations in Rotherham."

"The charity Barnardo's Scotland warned that child sex exploitation was a "severe problem" and said that lessons must be learnt from Rotherham in Scotland."

For those of us who have followed the Hollie Greig case and recall that Robert Green has been imprisoned twice, sentenced to 250 hours community service and gagged for life from speaking in public about what happened to a vulnerable Downs syndrome girl in Aberdeen, it is difficult to have faith in the national task force being set up to tackle child sex abuse.

The Scottish justice system does not understand that investigating child sex abuse requires interviewing suspects, examining computers, paying heed to expert witnesses and safeguarding all the evidence. Silencing whistlelblowers is not the answer.

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