Councillors and senior public officials could go to prison for up to five years if they fail to protect children from sexual exploitation, under new plans being considered by the government.
A review into the sexual abuse of children and young people in Oxford has found that police and social services failed to take reports of abuse seriously enough, and demonstrated through their language to the families and in their official records a clear lack of understanding of the abuse.
The review found that police described the girls as "getting themselves into trouble". Other examples of victim blaming cited by the report include:
Parents told the review their concerns were frequently not taken into account - and that they were caught between a difficult, determined child and police and social services who would not take their concerns about her sexual expliotation seriously. The parents tole the view:
A damning report into the sexual abuse of children in the Oxford area has found that police failed to properly investigate a number of sex attacks against children, whilst social workers appeared to "accept" that young people in their care were having sexual relationships with adults. The report said victim blaming contributed to the failures of care.
Police failed to properly investigate or record the abuse as crimes. The victims' lack of cooperation and the attitudes of the victims "sometimes led to crimes against them not being recorded as such", the report said.
A serious case review into on child sexual exploitation has found that as many as 373 girls might have suffered abuse in Oxfordshire
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An investigation into suspected serious sexual offences against a number of children and young people has found that 370 girls were abused by gangs over a 15 year period.
In 2013 seven men were jailed for 95 years after being found guilty of a number of offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution, and trafficking against six young people.
Today's report is a join serious case review by Thames Valley Police and Oxford Council Social Services into sex crimes against children and young people in Oxford, and how local authorities reacted to the abuse.
The address where body parts have been discovered in the hunt for teenager Becky Watts is "barely 100 yards" from another property police have previously searched.
ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from the scene:
The UK's current immigration detention practices are "expensive, ineffective and unjust", according to the head of a government panel investigating the treatment of foreign detainees.
MP Sarah Teather made her comments on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on refugees and migration (APPG) after the group produced a report which suggests Home Office standard practices fall well short of the government's policy to use detention as a last resort.
The group made suggestions on how to improve Britain's immigration detention system including:
- Capping the immigration detention period to 28 days
- Getting the UK government to look at alternatives to detention including allowing individuals to live in the community
- Making it a policy not to detain women who are victims of rape and sexual violence, or who are pregnant, for immigration purposes
- Improving screening processes to ensure that victims of trafficking are not detained
Body parts have been found in the search for missing teenager Becky Watts, police say.
Police said they received new information late last night that led officers to a property at Barton Court in the Barton Hill area of Bristol
"The information suggested that Becky's body had been cut up and a search at the new location resulted in the discovery of body parts," Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour said.
Three men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender as a result of the find.
Two people arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody.
Becky, 16, had been missing since vanishing from her home in Bristol on February 19.
The teenager's family had been informed of the "devastating" news, Mr Courtier said.
Murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov became an enemy for many in the country because he "spoke the truth", former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasynov said.
Hundreds of people have gathered at the Sakharov Centre museum to pay their respects to the 55-year-old Kremlin critic, who is lying in state for four hours before being transported for burial.
Mr Kasyanov spoke of his disbelief at the murder of his friend and former colleague.
Police say there has been a "significant development" in the search for missing 16-year-old Becky Watts.
Avon and Somerset Police said they will give more details later on the development, which happened last night.
A man, 28, and woman, 21, remain in custody on suspicion of the teenager's murder.
Becky has been missing since leaving her home in St George, Bristol on the morning of February 19.