An independent report into the sexual abuse of young girls in Bristol by Somali men has found that authorities were “slow to recognise” the level of child exploitation.
Health professionals, social workers, police and teachers were criticised for the “considerable delay at times in identifying what was happening and understanding the nature and extent of abuse” the young girls, aged between 13 and 17, were experiencing.
The report highlighted a number of shortcomings by the authorities whose multi-agency working “was not joined up”, the review said.
It also said that national policy was “confused”, making it difficult for the differences between sexual abuse and consensual underage sexual activity to be recognised by the authorities.
I thought that the point about underage was that consent couldn’t be given? Which is why that footballer is just starting a 6 year sentence without ever actually having had sex with the underage?