'Thousands of children' abused

Thousands of children each year are being sexually exploited by gangs and groups in England, according to a report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner.

If you are affected by any of these issues, call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

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Warsi: Political correctness could 'distort' report findings

The senior foreign minister Baroness Warsi has said she is concerned that political correctness could lead to statistics on the sexual abuse of children being distorted.

She said: "If the victim takes us to a perpetrator who is white, black, brown, of whatever religion background, then we must investigate that fully".

Report: Abusers use catalogue to choose children

It even describes a catalogue featuring photographs and the ages of children for abusers to choose their victims. Here are some of the details from 12-year-old Teegan's case:

  • She was taken by a man to a series of "mansions" where she was raped by multiple men
  • The men paid up to £500 for an hour with her
  • Groomers would form 'relationships with vulnerable children on the street before passing them on to the men who ran the business


Report criticised for downplaying role of 'Asian abusers'

Deputy Children's Commissioner denies report is hysterical

The Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz has countered criticism of her report on child sexual exploitation describing it as "calm" and "measured".

She also said there was a risk of too much attention being given to high-profile cases involving Pakistani men.

She said this was just one of many models of exploitation and that data on the ethnicity of perpetrators only exists in six out of 10 cases.

Sixteen-year-old 'passed around' at boyfriend's parties

  • Marina was regularly sexually exploited by local white shop owners in exchange for alcohol and cigarettes
  • Her 14-year-old sister was also frequently abused
  • She was driven to parties where she would be raped by multiple party-goers
  • She also reported going to parties at her older "boyfriend's" house where she was passed around his friends


Play therapy to help abused children

Barnardo's children's charity runs projects and schemes across the country supporting children, young people and families where abuse has happened.

Play therapy is used by Barnados to help staff spot if children are being abused Credit: Daybreak / Katy Fawcett

These may offer therapy and counselling to help children come to terms with what has happened to them and move forward in life, and offer support to non-abusing parents to help them protect their children in future.

The figures on sexual abuse in gangs and groups

  • 2,409 confirmed victims in the 14 months to October 2011
  • Of these, 28% from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • 16,500 at "high risk" of sexual exploitation in the 11 months to March 2011
  • Of the 1,500+ alleged perpetrators, about a third were white - the largest ethnic group
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