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What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
Thousands of children in England referred to social services over concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting the help they need, a charity has said. Action for Children has warned that up to 140,000 youngsters do not meet the threshold for social care and are not referred to early…
People are not raising potential cases of child abuse as they fear being labelled racist, according to a Labour frontbencher. Shadow women and equalities secretary Sarah Champion said there is a need to acknowledge the "majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani" in the English towns and cities where grooming gangs…
Britain's largest police force has failed to achieve any significant improvement in the quality of child protection investigations several months after a watchdog first raised the alarm, a report warns. An audit found a string of flaws were still apparent in some Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, despite inspectors delivering…
Cases of Asian grooming gangs targeting white girls were not previously examined as "rigorously as they might have been", a former Crown Prosecution Service chief has admitted. Lord Macdonald of River Glaven said he believes this is no longer the case, with recent successful prosecutions showing the "so-called taboos" no…
Paying £10,000 to a convicted child rapist to infiltrate a paedophile gang "crossed a line", it has been claimed. Jim Gamble, who set up the Government's taskforce to fight child sexual exploitation, criticised the move by Northumbria Police. The force's chief constable had defended the decision, saying dangerous men would…
Under-age girls and vulnerable young women were taken to parties in Newcastle and groomed with drugs before being raped and sexually abused, it can now be reported. A total of 17 men and one woman have been convicted of, or have admitted, charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution,…
Police paid a convicted child rapist almost £10,000 to spy on parties where they suspected under-age girls would be intoxicated and sexually abused, a court heard. He was recruited despite being a sex offender who had drugged an under-age girl and invited another man to rape her after he had…
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