DPP seeks a National Consensus on the Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases – but what consensus does he seek?

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Mark Barlow Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester and Northern Ireland bar.

Mark Newby Solicitor Advocate at Quality Solicitors Jordans, Doncaster.

First published on The Justice Gap 

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, today has delivered a speech calling for a national consensus on the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases suggesting that the current “pendulum” between victims of child sex abuse and the accused has swung too far away from those abused. That it was time that a full review of working practices from both organisations be considered in determining whether the failings identified in cases involving grooming and sexual exploitation of young and vulnerable victims together with the Savile investigation enabled an assessment of what lessons could be learnt.

This call to arms is a welcome development in what is a complex and difficult area of our criminal justice system. The difficulties that…

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