'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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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."

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