A report says Devon and Cornwall Police has a 'lack of understanding' of the extent of child exploitation across the force area.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the way officers deal with children who regularly go missing was highlighted as a serious concern which needs to be improved.
Devon and Cornwall Police says it welcomes the report and its acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment to improving services safeguarding children.
A South West adoption charity says it is in desperate need of people willing to adopt older children across Devon.
Families for Children says that there are fewer babies and toddlers up for adoption, but taking in an older child can be very rewarding.
They add that people should not be worried about adoption, as the charity will offer lifelong support and training.
The opposition leader of Devon County Council fears vulnerable children could be held in police cells if three children's homes in the county are forced to close.
The County Council instead wants to offer more foster places for children in the future.
Councillor Alan Connet, the leader of the Liberal Democrats is holding a debate this afternoon to try to save one of the homes from closure.
The cost of raising a child to the age of 21 has reached £222,000 as parents pay 58% more than a decade ago, with parents in the South West seeing the biggest hike in costs, according to an annual study. Families here now pay £100,077 more per child than ten years ago.
Education and childcare remain the biggest costs, with 76% of parents reporting that they have been forced to make cuts to meet the financial demands of raising their offspring, the survey for insurer LV found.
The overall figure is more than £4,000 up on last year and £82,000 more than ten years ago, when the first annual Cost of a Child Report was published.
A new child protection centre has opened in Plymouth. The NSPCC will use it to work with abuse victims and target potential offenders in families, where children are considered at risk.