The Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie
Atkinson, in her latest report, “If it`s not better, it`s not
the end”, sets out the progress made by agencies seen against recommendations set out in an earlier report on
child exploitation in groups and gangs.
The report says that, despite greater awareness, there are still many child victims and children at risk of sexual exploitation who have not been identified by authorities and that although progress is being made in many areas differing rates of exploitation have been reported from around the country.
The report identifies improvements in compliance with statutory guidance on protecting children but finds that, too often, progress at the strategic level has yet to filter down to the frontline. Furthermore the old chestnut of the sharing of information, particularly between police forces and other agencies, is identified as an issue.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has published 6 reports making 37 recommendations for local and national agencies to protect children and young people from child sexual exploitations.
Read the latest report “If it`s not better, it`s not the end” here
Read all of the publications from the “Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups” here