A report commissioned by five child care charities says that official agencies are failing to protect thousands of ...
A report commissioned by five child care charities says that official agencies are failing to protect thousands of children from sexual exploitation through pornography, prostitution and paedeophile rings, reports BBC Northampton and BBC Three Counties.
The report, by the University of North London, concludes that child protection staff are often ill-equipped to tackle the problem.
It highlights the difficulties agencies have in coping with the exploitation involving organised abuse networks, pornography and under-age prostitution. It calls for regional investigative units and better training for staff.
However, the report does not provide definitive evidence of the scale of the problem.
Its authors suggest abusers should be regarded as ordinary men and that the problem is a social issue concerned with masculinity. The NSPCC, which co-funded the report, said it would be cautious about endorsing such a view, although its stands by the general conclusion that children are being needlessly exploited.