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Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks

An inquiry into institutional responses to the sexual exploitation of children by organised networks.

The systematic grooming and sexual abuse of children by groups of offenders in cities and towns of England and Wales is widespread. Building upon the body of work on child sexual exploitation following specific instances in places such as Devon and Cornwall, Oxford, Rochdale, Rotherham, and Telford, this investigation will assess the extent to which a wide range of relevant authorities have learned lessons, implemented recommendations, and put in place effective strategies to prevent child sexual exploitation in future.

We will consider whether the police and other agencies are using civil prevention orders effectively; whether the current regulation of the night-time economy and taxi licensing is effective in protecting children from abuse; and whether the criminal justice system is treating victims and survivors of child sexual exploitation appropriately.

Next Steps:

The Inquiry will open the investigation into child sexual exploitation by organised networks for core participants on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

On that date, the Inquiry will publish an update note and invite applications for core participant status. Please note, no applications will be accepted before then.

A preliminary hearing in this investigation will be held at the Inquiry hearing centre, 18 Pocock Street, London, SE1 0BW at 10.30am on Thursday 2 May 2019.

The Inquiry is encouraging all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experience.

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