Child abuse

  • Avoiding another Lambeth

    31 August 2021

    Richard Scorer says the obvious question hanging over the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on the experiences of children in Lambeth’s care is are children safe in local authority care today?

  • Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

    20 August 2021

    Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

  • Children 'still at risk'

    04 August 2021

    Young people are still being put at risk by an ineffective child safeguarding process, experts have claimed.

  • We’re in this for the long haul

    02 August 2021

    Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.

  • Children abused for decades under care of Lambeth LBC, inquiry finds

    27 July 2021

    Hundreds of children were subjected to decades of cruelty and sexual abuse while in the care of Lambeth LBC, a damning inquiry has found.

  • Report in abuse action call

    09 June 2021

    Council children’s services should take a more active approach to combating child sexual abuse (CSA), according to a new report that has found at least 15% of girls and 5% of boys experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16.

  • Child protection to be ‘reset’

    12 May 2021

    Child protection will not return to the pre-pandemic norm, a top Department for Education official has pledged.

  • Ombudsman warns over council buck-passing

    27 January 2021

    Councils have been warned against ‘passing the buck’ in cross-border child protection cases by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

  • Opportunities missed prior to murder of child

    07 December 2020

    Authorities missed opportunities to intervene before a teenager was murdered, an investigation has found.

  • Spike in child abuse

    06 November 2020

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has warned of an increase in the number of child injuries and deaths uncovered by local authorities since the onset of the pandemic.

  • Survey highlights child abuse could go unreported during lockdown

    18 May 2020

    Child abuse could go unreported during lockdown as a quarter of adults do not know where to go for help, a survey has found.

  • The sound of silence

    12 February 2020

    Local agencies are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to stop child sexual abuse in the family environment, says a new joint report from four inspectorates including Ofsted. Why is multi-agency performance still so poor – and what needs to happen next? Chris Mahony reports.

  • Tackling familial sexual abuse needs a sustained approach

    11 February 2020

    Dealing with child sexual abuse in the family environment calls for informed, committed and resourced leadership and delivery over time, says Mark Rogers.

  • Local agencies 'woefully ill-equipped' to stop child abuse

    04 February 2020

    Children are being left at risk because local agencies – including social care – are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse in families, four inspectorates have warned.

  • Roney warns against complacency after damning review

    14 January 2020

    Manchester City Council’s chief executive has insisted the authority will not be complacent about child sexual exploitation after a damning review was published.

  • Repairing children’s services is an investment worth making

    11 September 2019

    Spending more on services to stop the rising costs of taking children into care must be worth the investment, says Heather Jameson.

  • Council apologies for failing to spot signs of historic exploitation

    11 June 2019

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

  • MPs launch missing children inquiry

    26 March 2019

    MPs have today launched an inquiry into the increasing number of children being placed in homes out of their boroughs.

  • Rotherham scandal continues to hit council finances

    19 February 2019

    The aftermath of Rotherham’s child exploitation scandal continues to hit council finances with an overspend of nearly £16m in its children and young people’s directorate.

  • Director recalls 'huge shock' of child abuse scandal

    19 November 2018

    A council criticised for failings over a historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring has warned other authorities not to fall victim to complacency.