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Independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse urges councils to review child protection procedures.

The report into children in the care of the Nottinghamshire Councils has been released detailing decades of systematic abuse by care staff.

In a highly critical report, the inquiry points to over 50 years of abuse by predatory foster carers and children’s home staff and severe failings within Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council who persistently ‘took the side of foster carers and’ failed ‘to believe the child’.

The document reports that “the Councils failed in their statutory duty to protect children in their care from sexual abuse. These were children who were being looked after away from their family homes because of adverse childhood experiences and their own pre-existing vulnerabilities. They needed to be nurtured, cared for and protected by adults they could trust. Instead, the Councils exposed them to the risk, and reality, of sexual abuse perpetrated primarily by predatory residential staff and foster carers.”

The report sets out two key recommendations to ensure present risks are fully and properly assessed with an independent evaluation to be commissioned to review critically current practices.

Read the report here.