Councils need support to protect refugees from exploitation, experts say


The Government has been urged to take ‘urgent measures’ to support councils in their response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in order to tackle exploitation.

Commission calls for end to school ‘exclusions culture’


The rise in the number of exclusions from schools leads to teenagers being put at risk of exploitation and serious violence, new report warns.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Why awareness days matter


Georgina Middleton discusses the importance of awareness days and how they can be a key stepping stone towards real and lasting change.

'Alarmingly high' numbers of exploited looked-after-children going missing from care


Nearly half of looked-after-children that have experienced criminal or sexual exploitation went missing from care in 2020, charities have warned.

Teenagers at risk of exploitation due to 'decade-long breakdown in help'


Thousands of teenagers from all backgrounds are at risk from exploitation, grooming and harm because their families aren’t getting the support they need, a report has warned today.

West Midlands to pilot advice scheme for parents and carers


The West Midlands has been selected to pilot a new Government scheme to support and provide advice to parents and carers.

Care system putting teenagers in 'danger' report warns


The care system is 'unfit for purpose' and is putting vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation and crime, a new report has warned.

Taskforces to support young people in serious violence 'hotspots'


The Government is deploying 10 special taskforces to help stop vulnerable young people becoming involved in county lines and criminal activity.

System 'failing' thousands of children affected by modern slavery


Thousands of children affected by modern slavery are being 'overlooked and forgotten' by the system, a charity has said.

Figures show rise in sexual and criminal exploitation under lockdown


Criminal and sexual exploitation has risen ‘dramatically’ during the pandemic, new data has warned today.

New strategy 'a golden opportunity' to tackle child sexual abuse


A new strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse has been published by the Government today.

Charity calls for more support for county lines victims


A new strategy is needed to identify and support county lines victims, according to The Children's Society.

Charity warns of increase in gang activity post-lockdown


Criminal gangs are using new ways of exploiting children in the wake of coronavirus, a new report has warned.

Child sexual exploitation cases in Greater Manchester ‘reopened’


Victims of child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester are having their cases newly investigated as a result of a review commissioned by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Telford takes decisive action


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

New £80m fund to tackle domestic violence


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

New definition of child sexual exploitation


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

Launch of whistleblowing helpline to identify child protection failures


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Councils blasted for 'appalling' treatment of vulnerable teens


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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