2:28 pm, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
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.
It follows concerns that today's report by the Children's Commissioner was not explicit enough in highlighting the ethnicity of perpetrators of sexual crimes.
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".
10:33 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
Report: Abusers use catalogue to choose children
One of the case studies highlighted in a report on the sexual exploitation of children in gangs and groups describes a business providing children for wealthy clients to abuse at parties.
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
9:10 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
Report criticised for downplaying role of 'Asian abusers'
A report on sexual exploitation of children by gangs and groups has been criticised for failing to highlight the number of perpetrators identified as 'Asian'.
The Times (£) reports that the Education Secretary Michael Gove believes the report has "played down the role of groups of Asian abusers".
It also quotes a former Labour MP as saying it is wrong to ignore a statistic that is “staring us in the face”.
The Daily Mail quotes the Tory MP Margot James as saying: "There is a specific problem in certain Asian communities ... in too many cities to ignore the phenomenon."
The report says that ethnic data on perpetrators is "considerably less reliable than that supplied on age or gender" and that the data is "weighted in favour of those areas and agencies that were able to identify perpetrators".
8:39 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
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".
Responding to accusations that the report was "hysterical", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that she had left out the most harrowing details.
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.
8:37 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
Child exploitation report 'hysterical' and 'half-baked'
Senior government sources have described today's report on the sexual abuse of children in gangs and groups as “hysterical and half-baked", the Daily Telegraph reports.
8:14 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
Sixteen-year-old 'passed around' at boyfriend's parties
One of the case studies highlighted in a report on the sexual exploitation of children in gangs and groups is that of 16-year-old Marina. 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
7:49 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
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.
7:45 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
Exploitation victims 'seen as demons'
Professor Jenny Pearce, who studies young people and public policy, said she believes the extent of sexual exploitation has not been acknowledged before because many people are inclined to see young people as "demons" rather than "victims".
She was asked if she welcomed the report:
7:24 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
The figures on sexual abuse in gangs and groups
These are some of the figures from the Office of the Children's Commissioner's report into sexual exploitation of children 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
7:09 am, Wed 21 Nov 2012 'Thousands of children' abused
Report on child exploitation is a 'wake-up call'
Deputy Children's Commissioner, Sue Berelowitz, has told Daybreak that her report into child sexual exploitation "is a wake-up call."
She added: "We are saying to government, to local authorities and police forces, you have to take this very seriously ."
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