A new report suggests local agencies still don't fully understand the scale of and risks posed by "county lines" drug running and other forms of child criminal exploitation,
The report by Ofsted, HMI Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Service, the Care Quality Commission and HMI Probation suggests more must be done to learn lessons from past child sexual exploitation cases if the issues are to be tackled successfully.
The report highlights four key findings:
1) All children are vulnerable to exploitation, not just specific groups.
2) Children’s needs and safety must come first. Well-trained practitioners need to respond to the range of risks they face and ‘stay with’ the child.
3) Not all agencies in local areas are sharing their intelligence to enable them to recognise, understand and respond to the risks of exploitation to children.
4) Agencies should learn from, and build on, successful multi-agency work to respond to child sexual exploitation while also developing best practice on wider exploitation.
Read the full report here