“If it’s not better, it’s not the end” − Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups: One year on.
...There is encouraging evidence that many of the Inquiry recommendations are being taken seriously. We are pleased to see that there are areas and agencies across the country where progress is being made. The strong leadership from the Home Office is also welcome.
At the same time, much remains to be done. There are still too many places where those who have responsibility for the protection of children are failing to face up to the realities of CSE. In other areas, while strategic leaders are committed and determined, the messages have not filtered to the frontline so good intentions are not yet leading to better practice.
In addition, the Government’s promised revision of the definition of sexual exploitation and a myth busting guide on information sharing have not been delivered. Limited understanding of sexual exploitation and failure to share information means children are still slipping through the net. Despite calls from young people and experts, the Department for Education (DfE) has failed to make relationships and sex education compulsory in all schools.
[Sue Berelowitz. Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England Visiting Professor, Bedfordshire University] 17.2.15]
For the full report go to: http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_920