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MPs warning over child abuse

A model of Pakistani-heritage men targeting young white girls for sexual exploitation does exist and authorities must be able to freely raise concerns without fear of being labelled racist, an influential group of MPs has concluded.

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Report findings show 'failure' to protect vulnerable

David Tucker, head of policy at the NSPCC, said the Home Affairs Select Committee report into the targeting of young white girls for sexual exploitation was a "damning indictment of systemic failure to protect vulnerable children and young people".

He continued:

Obvious signs of abuse were missed by a number of agencies and there is no excuse for the way these girls were let down, often by the very people who were meant to protect and care for them.

The victims in recent child sexual exploitation cases were too often ignored or treated as troublemakers.

There now needs to be a culture change among police, CPS, the judiciary, and all child protection professionals, so they better understand how grooming gangs operate, and how young people's behaviour could be a sign they are at risk of, or suffering, sexual exploitation.

There must also be tougher action against predatory sex offenders who deliberately target the most vulnerable children, including sentences that reflect the seriousness of the crimes committed and act as a strong deterrent to anyone thinking about sexually exploiting children and young people.

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