Number of child sexual exploitation cases quadruples in one year
The number of child sexual exploitation cases reported to Wandsworth police has increased fourfold in one year.
Borough police dealt with 55 cases of youngsters considered at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) during the 2013/14 financial year. They dealt with just 12 cases the previous year.
The recently published Annual Report of Wandsworth Safeguarding revealed, from May 2013 to April 2014, the council’s sexual exploitation multi-agency panel (Semap) reviewed 51 cases of child sexual exploitation aged from 12 to 18. Four of the youngsters were boys and 47 were girls.
The report noted a continued increase of referrals to Semap and a rise in referrals of CSE to social care.
It said: “High profile cases such as Rochdale and Birmingham reminds us that we need to always be vigilant about this matter and ensure we have rigorous procedures in place to address this issue and keeping children and young people safe from sexual exploitation.”
One Wandsworth youngster has been placed in secure accommodation on welfare grounds of sexual exploitation.
Three children went to new homes, following concerns about sexual exploitation, and seven looked-after young people have moved out of the area as a result of sexual exploitation.
The NSPCC defines child sexual exploitation (CSE) as abuse in which youngsters are sexually exploited for money, power or status.