Working Party on Sexual Offences against young girls under the age of consent

Scope and Content

Working Party was set up in May 1954 to collect information on aspects of sexual offences against children under the age of consent. The Chair was Miss D Peto

Consists of:

- minutes of meetings (26 Apr 1954 - Sep 1954 Working Party was adjoined because of the appointment of the Wolfenden Committee to consider the law in relation to homosexuality and prostitution. Working Party resumed on 21 Oct 1957. Minutes until 15 Apr 1958)

- correspondence concerning collection of evidence from recent Assizes at Somerset and Wells, at Huntingdon, at Dorchester of cases of sexual offences

- correspondence concerning invitation to become members of the Working Party

- correspondence relating to the sending of evidence

- copy of report by Miss Wall on indecent assault and other offences against females (with letter dated 2 Feb 1955)

- correspondence concerning draft of Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill 1958

Publications:

- 'How safe are our daughters?' by Nora Aris (publication unidentified) 1953

- 'Memorandum on the Criminal Law concerning Sexual Offences involving Children and Young Persons', the National Council of Women of Great Britain, Feb 1954

- 'Criminal Law Revision Committee. First Report (Indecency with children)', Cmnd 835, London: HMSO, 1959

Press cuttings glued on paper (1953-1954) concerning sexual offences against children