FOI Request - Child Sexual Exploitation
1. How many children this year have been referred, or became known, to your local authority amid concerns that they are, or at some stage have been, at risk of sexual exploitation?
2. Please include the age and gender of the children in your response.
1. In the period from 01 January 2014 to 11 December 2014, 10 children were referred to Initial Child Protection Case Conferences with a concern of sexual abuse and/or child exploitation. We use the nationally agreed concerns along with other local authorities, where there is no concern specifically for sexual exploitation.
2. Of those 10 children, 4 were female and 6 were male. Ages ranged from less than 1 year to 10 years old.
However, it must be borne in mind that when we record child protection referrals, we do not specify the exact nature of the concern in our data management system, so we are unable to isolate those cases where sexual abuse/child exploitation may be an issue.