Organised abuse

Most sexual abusers are men who act in isolation, secretly ’grooming’ their victims over a period of time. However, sometimes abusers act together with varying degrees of organisation, from a group of people within an extended family network to sophisticated national or international paedophile rings.

It is particularly important when organised abuse is suspected that there is a full and early exchange of information between agencies, restricted to as few people as possible. The Head of Children’s Health, Care and Criminal Justice and the Assistant Chief Constable should be informed immediately and they will nominate senior officers to co-ordinate the investigation.