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Child protection systems must be reviewed following alarming evidence that organised abuse is widespread in England in the wake of the Rotherham scandal, MPs have said. In a damning report, they condemned a watchdog for failing to lift the lid on the South Yorkshire council's inability to tackle the exploitation…
More than a quarter of sex offences - including rape - are not recorded as crimes because of "unacceptable failings" by police, a highly critical new report has found. Under-recording of sexual offences was at 26% and the national rate of wrong decisions to cancel crime records for rape was…
A major public awareness campaign to educate people on the warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE) forms part of a wide ranging action plan published today aimed at safeguarding young people at risk. The national action plan was unveiled as Education Secretary Michael Russell made a statement on child…
Sexual exploitation of children has become "normal" on some streets and estates in Greater Manchester, according to a new report described as "alarming" by Home Secretary Theresa May. And the inquiry, led by MP Ann Coffey, suggests child sex abuse may have been fuelled by the increased sexualisation of youngsters…
The Care Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland are carrying out a review into how well the public is protected by arrangements for assessing and managing sex offenders, it has been announced. The two bodies will be looking at the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, or MAPPA, which…
A woman who ran a unit to tackle sexual exploitation for more than a decade has accused senior police officers of failing to act on the problem and telling her that burglary and car crime were more of a priority. Ann Lucas, who ran a council-based service to help victims…
Children as young as 11 have been victims of revenge pornography, with their perpetrators often evading justice due to loopholes in the law, new figures show. Campaigners and politicians have called for tough legislation to be introduced to tackle those who share naked images and videos without the victim's consent.…
Sexual abuse was rampant at a children's home in Northern Ireland run by a Catholic order of brothers, a former senior police officer has said. Around a fifth of boys at Rubane House in Co Down were subjected to sexual or physical abuse, according to a public inquiry, equal to…
South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has stepped down from the role after weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal. Shaun Wright has come under increased fire since the publication of Professor Alexis Jay's report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham as he was the councillor with responsibility…
Hundreds of prisoners may have been sexually abused behind bars, campaigners have said, prompting calls for more to be done to tackle prison rape. An independent commission on sex in prison, set up by charity the Howard League for Penal Reform, discovered the rate of sex crimes in prisons in…
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced that Rotherham Council will face an independent inspection after a report revealed 1,400 children were sexually abused over more than a decade. The inspection will be led by Louise Casey (pictured), the head of the Government's troubled families programme, and will examine whether…
Emergency laws must be brought in to allow the embattled South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to be ousted following the Rotherham child abuse scandal, a powerful group of MPs is demanding. In a bruising session with the Home Affairs committee, Shaun Wright (pictured) was told his claims to…