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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What the review into the Rochdale abuse scandal found

  • Training for frontline staff was "patchy".
  • There were "deficiencies" in the way that children's social care responded to the victims' needs.
  • In children's social care, the focus was on younger children at risk of abuse from family members, rather than vulnerable adolescents.
  • Agencies which referred potential victims were said to be "frustrated" that they were not "being adequately assessedand dealt with by the local authority".
  • Organisations made faltering early progress in developing a satisfactory framework for managing allegations of child sexual exploitation.
  • In 2008 a need for a specialist resource was identified, but its development was inadequately co-ordinated and supported.
  • There was a poor response by children's social care to cases where children were at risk of sexual exploitation.

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