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Abuse scandal 'missed chances'

Social workers and the police missed opportunities to stop a child exploitation ring abusing young girls. If you are affected by any of these issues, call ChildLine on 0800 1111.

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Police: Report 'highlights the complex nature of child sexual exploitation'

This report once again highlights the complex nature of child sexual exploitation and we acknowledge its findings. We have already stated that there were issues with an initial inquiry into CSE in Rochdale in 2008.

However, the IPCC are currently supervising an investigation into that inquiry so it would be inappropriate for us to go into further details at this moment. What we can say is that GMP's (Greater Manchester Police's) force-wide approach to child sexual exploitation and child abuse in general has changed significantly over the last few years.

What cannot be lost, however, is that we are talking about the abuse of children by adults and it is the criminals themselves who take ultimate responsibility for their actions.

– Chief Superintendent Annette Anderson, Divisional Commander for Rochdale

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