The Child Sexual Abuse Review Panel (CSARP) supports victim and survivors who reported allegations of child sexual offences which were then marked ‘no further action’ before 5 June 2013. If it is felt the decision to take ‘no further action’ in the case was unjust, the CSARP may be able to help.
Cases which will be considered for a CSARP review are where:
The report is about an alleged sexual offence
The victim/survivor is referring to a report previously made to the police about the sexual offence
The alleged sexual offence was committed when the victim/survivor was under 18 years of age
The alleged offender may still pose a risk
Even if you have previously asked the police or the CPS to look at the decision they made in the past – the case will still be considered.
The CSARP will look again at cases where:
Victims/survivors feel the decision to take no further action (NFA) was unjust and they would like the position to be revisited.
CSARP considers: The police or CPS decision to take no further action - considering significant changes in the police service and criminal justice system approach to child sexual abuse cases.
CSARP advises whether the allegations should be reinvestigated by the police, or the prosecution decision reviewed by the CPS.
If a case should be revisited, it will be referred back to the police force (or CPS area) from where the case originated for them to decide on the action to be taken. All cases fitting the criteria will be considered but there is no right of appeal from the decision of the panel
Looks at information requested and provided by the relevant police force or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) area. It will then decide whether to advise that the original decision was correct or if further action should be taken (e.g. review by the CPS or reinvestigation). Sole responsibility for taking this decision in the panel rests with the police and CPS members. The independent representative on the panel plays an advisory role, i.e., they receive and consider the relevant information and provide views to the police and CPS panel members as to the decision they consider should be taken.
Chief Crown Prosecutor
Chief Police Officer
An experienced prosecutor
An experienced child abuse police investigator
An appropriate independent representative
Victims/survivors can refer their cases to the panel through a dedicated email address: [email protected]