What happens if the victim is under 16?

Children, or any victim under the age of 16, will be seen by a specially trained forensic paediatrician in a comfortable and confidential setting within the RVI at Newcastle.

A Sexual Offence Liaison Officer (SOLO) will explain how a statement can be taken – either a written statement or video interview depending on which is best for the victim and the investigation.

And they will liaise with detectives in the Child Protection Unit who will have responsibility for conducting a thorough investigation and seeking to bring the offender to justice.