Exploitation

Over 4,000 young people ‘exploited’ by County Lines gangs

20/09/2019

Figures released by the Mayor of London’s office have revealed that there are more than 4,000 young people involved in County Lines operating out of London.

Six men found guilty of child abuse in Rotherham

29/08/2019

Six men have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences as part of the ongoing investigation into the exploitation of vulnerable teenagers in Rotherham.

Council apologises for failing to protect girls from grooming gang

11/06/2019

Kirklees Council has apologised for failing to protect two girls from abuse, after an independent review found opportunities were lost to protect them from exploitation.

Government launches £2m programme to tackle child exploitation

09/05/2019

The Department for Education has launched a new programme designed to provide specialist support for children at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation.

Rotherham council to regain full control of services

19/09/2018

All powers are to be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, three years after government intervention.

Whitehall announces £2m unit to protect vulnerable children from gangs

29/08/2018

A national response unit designed to offer local authorities tailored support to help children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs is due to be launched next year.

Councils must do more to protect workers’ rights globally, union says

18/06/2018

A public sector union has criticised local authorities for ‘not doing enough’ to protect workers’ rights globally.

Telford takes decisive action

07/06/2018

Clive Jones hits back at recent news coverage surrounding child sexual exploitation in Telford and Wrekin.

Former council leader ‘lied’ about child sexual abuse, inquiry finds

13/04/2018

The inquiry into child sexual abuse in Rochdale has accused the former leader of the council of lying and said his refusal to accept responsibility was ‘shameful’.

British citizens ‘largest nationality’ recorded in slavery figures

27/03/2018

British citizens are for the first time the largest nationality recorded as potential victims in the national trafficking and modern slavery figures.

Telford leader calls for public inquiry into child sexual exploitation

14/03/2018

Telford council has called for an independent inquiry into cases of child sexual exploitation after revelations that up to 1,000 girls may have been victims of grooming gangs.

Council praised for not sweeping sexual exploitation 'under the carpet'

23/02/2018

Newcastle City Council has been praised for the way it supported and protected the victims of sexual exploitation in a new report.

Council chiefs call for ‘cross-sector’ approach to fighting slavery

17/01/2018

Local authority leaders have called for a ‘coherent, cross-sector’ approach to tackling modern slavery as new figures reveal an increase of almost 50% in the number of people referred as potential victims.

Opportunity is knocking for ‘jaw-dropping’ local government

16/10/2017

Local government is jaw dropping, can inspire citizens and, at its best, can outshine any part of Whitehall, former tsar Dame Louise Casey has claimed.

Councils taking proactive approach to tackling child abuse

12/10/2017

There has been a ‘sharp increase’ in local authorities’ efforts to recognise and combat child sexual exploitation (CSE), a leading children’s charity has said.

Dealing with large-scale abuse claims

11/09/2017

In the first of a two part review of claims against local authority social services departments, Kella Bowers and Andrew Ellis consider the effects of claims alleging a failure to protect children from child sexual exploitation and abuse in care.

Council leader praises bravery of sex abuse victims

10/08/2017

The leader of Newcastle City Council has praised the victims of sexual abuse whose testimony helped convict 18 sex offenders.

Report warns half a million children are so vulnerable they need state intervention

04/07/2017

Millions of children are growing up in high risk or vulnerable family situations, a new report has revealed today.

Children subject to sexual abuse in families are being failed by system reports warn

20/04/2017

Many victims of child sexual abuse within families are failing to receive the help they need, often waiting months or years for therapy, new research has warned today.

Inspections to assess local protection of ‘at risk’ children announced

19/04/2017

A new set of inspections to examine how local partner agencies - including local authorities - are working together to protect children at risk of neglect will begin next month.

Councils urge public to report suspicions of modern slavery

24/03/2017

The public needs to be more aware of modern slavery, council chiefs warn as figures reveal the ‘hidden crime’ soaring.

Tackling modern slavery with supply chain transparency

22/03/2017

A new public database is committed to ending modern slavery by making supply chains more transparent. William Eichler finds out more.

Professionals urged to spot ‘soft’ signs of child abuse

22/02/2017

Social workers and other people that work with children have been urged to spot the ‘soft’ signs that a child is being abused.

Councils warn £40m package to tackle child abuse ‘not enough’

16/02/2017

Councils have warned a £40m package of Government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, is not enough.

‘Alarming’ number of child trafficking victims missing from care

15/11/2016

The number of trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children going missing from local authority care is a ‘national disgrace’ two charities have warned today.

Ofsted chief accuses some police forces of failing on child protection

19/10/2016

The chief inspector of Ofsted has criticised police forces for failing to protect children from abuse.

Charity refers 500 reports of child slavery to councils

13/10/2016

Over 500 reports of child slavery were referred to local authorities this year, according to a national children’s charity.

Healthcare staff ‘not always able’ to identify signs of sexual exploitation

29/09/2016

Not all frontline healthcare staff are able to identify the signs of sexual exploitation, inspectorates find.

Council defends record on dealing with child abuse cases

05/09/2016

Telford and Wrekin Council denies mishandling cases of child sexual exploitation and claims each incident is ‘appropriately recorded and thoroughly investigated.’

Jay to chair child sexual abuse inquiry

12/08/2016

The Home Secretary has appointed Professor Alexis Jay as the new chair of the Government’s beleaguered child sexual abuse inquiry.

Dame Lowell Goddard resigns as head of child sex abuse inquiry

05/08/2016

Dame Lowell Goddard has become the third chair to step down as head of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Labour warns councils lack resources to eradicate modern slavery

01/08/2016

The government’s plans to defeat modern slavery will only work if local authorities are given the financial resources to help tackle and prevent abuse, Labour has warned.

Council apologises for inadequte protection for sexual exploitation victims

12/07/2016

Coventry City Council has apologised for not providing better care and support to five girls who were sexually exploited.

Ofsted: Councils failing to protect vulnerable children missing from education

08/07/2016

Birmingham, Bradford and Luton are unable to protect children missing from education from harm, exploitation or extremist ideologies, Ofsted warn.

Vulnerable children need better protection from harm, finds report

08/07/2016

Healthcare services are failing to identify and protect children at risk of abuse and exploitation, a new report has warned today.

Council accepts report into taxi licensing failures

23/06/2016

South Ribble Council had failed to make the safety of taxi passengers a priority when issuing licenses, a report has concluded.

Thousands of sex offences against children ‘cyber-flagged’ by police

21/06/2016

More than 3,000 sex crimes involving the Internet were committed against children last year, the NSPCC reveals.

MPs call for missing children system to be axed

26/05/2016

A group of MPs has called for a police system for recording missing children to be scrapped because it does not safeguard them from harm.

One in every five children reported to social services

26/05/2016

One in every five children in England are referred to social services due to concerns over abuse or neglect, new research has revealed.

Queen's Speech 2016: Crack down on extremists working with vulnerable groups

18/05/2016

Councils will be given the power to stop extremists from working with children or vulnerable people, under tough new measures unveiled today in the Queen's speech.

Licensing officers suspended for checks failure

19/04/2016

Two licensing officers with South Ribble Borough Council who allegedly issued licences without checks have been suspended in light of an interim report.

Non-stereotypical victims of child sexual exploitation are being missed

18/03/2016

The stereotyping of victims by frontline staff is putting children at risk of being sexually exploited, a charity is warning.

Police to investigate historic children in care abuse in Essex

09/03/2016

Essex Police have launched an investigation into allegations about historic sexual abuse against children in care.

New £80m fund to tackle domestic violence

09/03/2016

The Government has set aside £80m to help protect women and girls from violence.

New definition of child sexual exploitation

16/02/2016

A consultation seeking to clarify the definition of child sexual exploitation has been launched.

Launch of whistleblowing helpline to identify child protection failures

15/02/2016

A new whistleblowing helpline has been launched by the Hone Office to enable staff to report child protection failures.

Website launched to protect children from ‘twisted ideologies’

19/01/2016

A new website is being launched by the Government to help parents protect children from ‘radical views’.

Minister sets out new policy to reduce gang violence

14/01/2016

Nine communities are to receive targeted support to help tackle gang violence and exploitation.

Rise in number of children missing from foster care warns report

11/12/2015

The number of children going missing from foster care rose by almost a fifth in the last year, according to the latest report from Ofsted.

Fear is stopping huge numbers of older teenagers from reporting sex crimes warns report

04/11/2015

Fear is preventing huge numbers of 16 and 17 year olds from reporting sex crimes, according to The Children’s Society.

Hackney project aims to help parents combat gang culture

20/10/2015

A new project has been launched in Hackney to help parents spot the signs of children becoming involved with gangs.

Extremism strategy bans terrorists from working with children

19/10/2015

Convicted terrorists will be automatically barred from working with children and vulnerable people under new plans outlined by the Government.

Rise in ‘exorcism and witchcraft’ child abuse cases

12/10/2015

The number of child abuse cases linked to witchcraft and exorcism accusations has increased, according to a new investigation.

Rotherham to remain under Government control until 2019

25/08/2015

The Government has said it is likely to take four years until full powers are returned to Rotherham Council following intervention after a sexual abuse scandal emerged in 2014.

Taxi drivers become council’s ‘eyes and ears’ on child sexual exploitation

11/08/2015

Taxi drivers have been given a safeguarding handbook to help them act as a city’s ‘eyes and ears’ on issues including child sexual exploitation.

£3m funding boost to tackle child sexual abuse in Rotherham

03/08/2015

A £3.1m plan to improve support for survivors of child sexual abuse has been launched by Rotherham MBC, the Government and Barnardos.

Rotherham’s health services ‘unclear’ about role one year after CSE revelations

14/07/2015

Rotherham Council has been blasted for ‘unacceptable’ confusion in its health services, almost a year after a damning report into child protection failings.

Police investigate 1,400 suspects and 666 institutions over child sexual abuse

21/05/2015

Police have investigated over 1,400 suspects over allegations of child sexual abuse including hundreds linked to schools, children’s homes and community centres.

Figures show thousands of disabled adults sexually abused

18/05/2015

Nearly 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in the past two years, according to council figures.

Councils call for grooming bans to prevent abuse

26/03/2015

Town hall chiefs are calling for new powers to help stop children being groomed for sex.

Councils blasted for 'appalling' treatment of vulnerable teens

20/03/2015

Thousands of vulnerable teenagers are being turned away by their local council when they seek help after facing homelessness, a new report is warning.

Social workers say threat of prison will make children less safe

19/03/2015

Government plans to take criminal action against council staff that fail protect children, will ‘scapegoat’ workers, according to the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

Up to 500 children at risk of sexual exploitation in West Midlands

18/03/2015

Almost 500 children and young people in the West Midlands have been the victims of sexual exploitation, in the past six months, according to a new report published today.

All councils should be reinspected following Rotherham child abuse, say MPs

17/03/2015

All local authorities in England should be examined by Ofsted to ensure they are tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE), a report from a panel of MPs is demanding.

Former Rotherham leader denies ‘bully’ claims

11/03/2015

The former leader of Rotherham Council, Roger Stone, has denied claims by senior officers and councillors that he was a ‘bully’.

Women urged to speak out about abuse concerns

04/03/2015

A new fund has been launched to help women report child sexual exploitation, amid fears some may feel uncomfortable reporting concerns to the authorities.

Social workers 'deeply disturbed' by findings of serious case review

03/03/2015

Today’s serious case review into the grooming of young girls in Oxfordshire will have ‘far-reaching consequences’ for the way child sexual exploitation is handled, according to social workers.

Council admits failure to protect young people from sexual grooming

03/03/2015

More than 350 young people in Oxfordshire have been victims of sexual exploitation over the last 15 years, according to a serious case review.

Council staff could face prison for failing to protect children

03/03/2015

Public officials who fail to act on suspicions of child abuse could face five-year prison sentences under new measures unveiled today.

Pickles names leaders to take over Rotherham Council

27/02/2015

The five commissioners appointed to take over scandal-hit Rotherham Council have been announced by local government secretary, Eric Pickles.

Frontline services failing to identify child sex abuse victims, warns report

17/02/2015

Local authorities are failing to identify children at risk of being sexually exploited, according to the findings of a new report.

Mass resignation at Rotherham after damning report into child sexual exploitation

05/02/2015

Rotherham Council’s leader has resigned and entire cabinet pledged to quit after an investigation into local child sexual exploitation found the council ‘not fit for purpose’.

Councils warn taxi reforms making it harder to identify sex offenders

03/02/2015

New restrictions on background checks for taxi drivers are preventing councils from protecting children from sex offenders, town hall chiefs are warning.

Council leaders say inspection of efforts to tackle child abuse is ‘blinkered’

20/01/2015

Scrutiny of efforts to tackle child abuse is ‘blinkered’ and failing to recognise the ‘true quality’ of local approaches, town hall chiefs claim.

Child sexual exploitation inquiry prompts renewed commitment from Birmingham

25/11/2014

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

Council uses ‘innovative legal approach’ to protect vulnerable woman

20/11/2014

Birmingham City Council has secured injunctions against a number of men in what it described as a ‘ground-breaking approach’ to protect vulnerable people.

Local government too slow to tackle child exploitation warns Ofsted

19/11/2014

Too many councils are ill equipped to prevent child sexual exploitation, they lack leadership on the issue and efforts to work in partnership are ‘disjointed’.

Councils must learn from Rotherham exploitation scandal, say MPs

18/11/2014

Local authorities across England have been urged to review their procedures in light of ‘systemic failures’ at Rotherham Council exposed by the town’s child sex abuse scandal.

New director to help turnaround Rotherham

07/11/2014

Rotherham Borough Council has appointed a new director of children’s services following the scandal of historic child sex abuse.

Child sexual exploitation new 'norm' in Greater Manchester, report finds

30/10/2014

Child sexual exploitation has become 'a new social norm' in some neighbourhoods of Greater Manchester, a report has warned.

Tougher taxi standards for scandal-hit Rotherham

23/10/2014

Rotherham Council is planning to make its taxi standards ‘the most stringent in the country’ in light of the borough’s child sex abuse cases.

LGA hails Government U-turn on taxi rules

16/10/2014

Council leaders have welcomed the Government’s decision to scrap plans to relax taxi licensing rules.

Councils admit thousands of children at risk of child sexual exploitation

09/10/2014

More than 6,000 children in England have been reported as at risk of sexual exploitation since the beginning of 2013, an investigation claims.

Schoolgirl sexual abuse letter causes ‘undue’ alarm in Havering

29/09/2014

Havering Council has admitted warnings that young girls are being sexually exploited are ‘nowhere near as significant as first feared’, after a letter was accidently sent to parents.

Taxi reforms pose 'serious' risk to vulnerable children warn council leaders

25/09/2014

Children could be at greater risk of sexual exploitation under government plans to reform taxi licensing, town hall chiefs are warning.

Pickles launches Rotherham Council inquiry

11/09/2014

An independent investigation into Rotherham Council’s child services and governance will be led by the head of the troubled families unit Louise Casey.

Rotherham leader steps down on publication of shocking abuse dossier

26/08/2014

Rotherham MBC failed in its duty to protect some of the most vulnerable children in the borough, an independent inquiry has reported today.

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