Third of councils ‘neglect child protection’

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The Independent Online

Children are at risk because local authorities are failing to safeguard them from sexual abuse, experts will warn this week.

New research, to be presented at a national child protection conference on Tuesday, reveals that most parts of the country do not have sufficient plans or resources to protect children. Almost a third of local authorities have no plans to protect children from exploitation and investigate abusers; while less than a quarter are proactive in disrupting and prosecuting offenders.

The warning comes in the interim report of a two-year study by the International Centre for the Study of Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People at Bedfordshire University.