1. ITV Report

Telford Grooming victims asked to contribute to child sexual abuse inquiry

It is estimated almost 1000 children were victims of child sexual exploitation over the last four decades in Telford Credit: ITV Central

Victims of sexual exploitation in Telford have been asked to share their experiences with the national child abuse inquiry.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said it would be speaking to the grooming victims as part of its Truth Project.

It is feared that girls as young as 11, often white and working class, were preyed upon in Telford as far back as 1981.

Allegations are said to have been mishandled by authorities in Shropshire town, with many perpetrators going unpunished.

The inquiry aims to make recommendations on how children can be better protected in the future.

The Truth Project offers survivors of child sexual abuse the chance to speak about their experiences and guide policy change.

IICSA said there would be no legal consequences for those participating in the sessions.

It's vital that everyone who wants to participate in the Truth Project has the opportunity to do so.

I would encourage victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in Telford to get in touch with us. We can promise you that you will be heard, recognised and respected.

Child sexual abuse can take many different forms and we want to hear from as many victims and survivors as possible. We can offer support before, during and after your confidential Truth Project session and you can also make recommendations for change that will feed into the inquiry's recommendations.

– Alexis Jay, Chairwoman of the inquiry