Child abuse

  • Council apologises for child sexual exploitation

    13 July 2022

    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

    08 July 2022

    ‘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

    29 June 2022

    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

    20 June 2022

    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

    16 February 2022

    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

    02 February 2022

    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

    07 December 2021

    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

    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.