Thomas Bridge 25 November 2014

Child sexual exploitation inquiry prompts renewed commitment from Birmingham

Birmingham has emphasised its commitment to tackling child sexual exploitation after an inquiry found 132 young people were vulnerable to or experiencing abuse.

The report from Cllr Anita Ward, chair of the city council’s education and vulnerable children scrutiny committee, applauded the ‘tireless’ efforts of members within the local authority and its partner agencies to protect children, yet warned abuse required the town hall’s ‘full attention’.

Cllr Ward highlighted exploitation was ‘largely underreported’ in Birmingham, while ‘many children in the city may be at risk who we do not know about’. As of September 2014, there were 132 local young people known to be at risk or victims of CSE.

The publication of the inquiry follows the national scandal caused by the Jay report into CSE in Rotherham. Last week also saw Ofsted raising pressure on local authorities to ‘ensure past mistakes are never repeated’ surrounding abuse.

Cllr Ward said: ‘We cannot and should not wait for a high profile case to rear its head in Birmingham. Much has been achieved already here, but there is more to be done.’

Cllr Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, added: ‘We are committed, as are our partner agencies, to tackling this crime together, and Scrutiny colleagues recognise we are starting to make real progress in this direction.

‘This report provides an important health check on that response and recommendations for strengthening it for the future.’

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Road Worker

City of Bradford MDC
Band 6 £20,043 - £22,129 pa
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is looking for two Road Workers to join the Highway Delivery Unit. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Senior Practitioner - Family Support and Protection

Essex County Council
£41552 - £50290 per annum + + Free Parking & Local Gov Package
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
Grade 5, £30,737 - £35,747 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Greater Cambridge Planning Enforcement Team Cambourne/Cambridge/Hybrid
Recuriter: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning

Assistant Engineer / Engineer

City of Bradford MDC
£24,920 - £34,373 pa
This is an opportunity to join the highway maintenance team Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Technician - Maintenance Programmes (3 Posts)

Derbyshire County Council
£23,657 - £25,568 per annum - Plus market leading package (see below)
This is an exciting time to join our in-house Highways Service Hybrid
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.