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Childcare experts have raised concerns over plans to stop police being called out to around a third of missing persons cases after the Rochdale sex ring case.
The NSPCC warned changes could put children at risk of being exploited as there is often a link between the two.
The changes are being made following cases such as the Rochdale child sex ring, where nine men were jailed for grooming and abusing vulnerable teenage girls.
A report by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board painted a picture of girls as young as 10 being targeted for sexual abuse having been written off by those in authority who said they believed the children were "making their own choices" and "engaging in consensual sexual activity".
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Police forces will change the way that they deal with missing people following failures in cases such as the Rochdale child sex ring.