New policy for police in how to deal with child abuse
There will be an overhaul of how police and prosecutors deal with alleged sexual offences against children in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
New guidelines for police and prosecutors in England and Wales will be drawn up, and a panel will review cases where alleged perpetrators were not charged, it is expected to be announced.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer told the BBC there was an “overcautious” approach with victims.
He said the focus was too much on whether the victim was telling the truth and not enough on the suspect.
“I am not advocating the test for prosecution should change,” he said.
Describing this as a “watershed moment,” Mr Starmer said we need to “clear the decks of a raft of existing guidelines”.
Once the new guidance has been written, training will also be offered to police and prosecutors dealing with child exploitation cases.
Learning from past mistakes
A review into allegations against the late DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Saville, found he had carried out more than 200 sexual offences over a 54-year period.
Allegations were reported to police several times while he was alive but no action was taken against him.
New policies are expected to prevent such mistakes from happening in future.