The Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales,, Dame Vera Baird, QC, responds to the latest Operation Hydrant investigation statistics, published today
Operation Hydrant is a coordination hub established in June 2014 to deliver the national policing response, oversight, and coordination of non-recent child sexual abuse investigations concerning persons of public prominence, or in relation to those offences which took place within institutional settings.
Statistics released today by Operation Hydrant provide an indicative national figure, up to and including the 31 December 2019 in relation to investigations into non-recent child sexual abuse involving an institution, organisation or a person of public prominence.
Responding to today’s release, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird, QC, says:
“Operation Hydrant is a well led specialist unit and I welcome the fact that it is bringing so many cases court and securing justice for victims/survivors.
“In the statement from CC Simon Bailey he rightly points out that the stats he offers don’t equate to any national conviction rates, not least because some of the perpetrators are defendants in multiple cases. This point is well made.
“I am only too aware that many victims/survivors of non-recent abuse have had to struggle over time to be heard and believed. I hope the successful action taken by police to bring perpetrators to justice can help them start to recover and feel restored.
“We must never lose sight of the fact that successful prosecutions invariably rely on victims/survivors coming forward and giving evidence in court. Giving evidence in these cases can be hard and painful and they should be proud of themselves.
“The public rely on those who have suffered to help take culprits for this hugely damaging kind of crime out of circulation, thereby preventing harm being done to future potential victims.”
The statistics can be found here: https://www.npcc.police.uk/NPCCBusinessAreas/OtherWorkAreas/OpHydrant/Statistics.aspx