Council apologises for child sexual exploitation
Telford & Wrekin Council has apologised ‘wholeheartedly’ after an inquiry concluded more than 1,000 children were sexually exploited over at least 30 years.
ADCS conference: Abuse hampering recruitment of children's service directors
‘Public disapprobation and abuse’ is preventing children’s services staff from filling director roles, a council director has warned.
Council chiefs asked about resignations after child deaths
MPs investigating the failure to prevent the deaths of two children have asked the chief executives of the councils involved whether they had considered resigning.
Child sexual exploitation inquiry finds serious failings
An inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Oldham has found there were serious failings in the handling of some cases but no cover up by the council.
Combatting child exploitation
Kim Harrison says tackling child sexual exploitation by organised networks is a widespread problem across the UK and real progress will not be made until this is recognised.
Councils defend child abuse approach after critical report
Councils have insisted they take child exploitation 'very seriously' after an inquiry identified ‘extensive failures’ in the way they tackle the crime.
Halting neglect is impossible - but it has to be the aim
The death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has strike the nation - but his death is the tip of the iceberg. But what about the forgotten children who go unnoticed, asks Heather Jameson
Avoiding another Lambeth
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
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'
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
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
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
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’
Child protection will not return to the pre-pandemic norm, a top Department for Education official has pledged.
Ombudsman warns over council buck-passing
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
Authorities missed opportunities to intervene before a teenager was murdered, an investigation has found.
Spike in child abuse
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
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
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
Dealing with child sexual abuse in the family environment calls for informed, committed and resourced leadership and delivery over time, says Mark Rogers.