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12 November 2012
In response to the on-going news stories relating to allegations of child abuse, Action for Children's Head of Safeguarding Shaun Kelly said:
"We agree strongly with those MPs and others who are pointing out that the current leadership crisis at the BBC should not detract from the child abuse allegations which led to it. The focus should remain squarely on better preventing child abuse cases in the future, protecting children who are suffering from abuse right now, and supporting and listening to child abuse survivors.
"We know from our work with theUK's most vulnerable children the serious long-term effects that abuse can have and why it is so important to intervene in these cases as early as possible.
"A clear plan of action must be implemented to ensure that people feel comfortable reporting suspected cases of child abuse and feel confident that their concerns will be taken seriously. It is equally important that survivors of child abuse are given the support they need without delay."