More than 50 children have been arrested in the UK over child abuse and exploitation cases involving more than 60 teachers and staff, the Home Office has revealed.
The arrests come after an inquiry into abuse of vulnerable children by staff and a separate inquiry into the case of a 13-year-old girl.
The Home Office said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the cases.
The number of children who have been detained in the last year alone has nearly doubled from last year.
More than 400 children were detained in England and Wales last year, up from the previous year.
The cases have been traced to child exploitation across all sectors.
“We have seen a significant increase in child exploitation cases from 2015-16,” the Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.
“The scale of this problem is a result of a number of factors, including a lack of resources for victims, a lack or lack of action from the police, inadequate support for victims and perpetrators, and the lack of accountability for the perpetrators.”
The investigation into this case, which resulted in a number people being arrested, is a vital first step in addressing the problem.
But the number is not rising,” she said.””
It’s a worrying number.
But the number is not rising,” she said.”
Child abuse and sexual exploitation is a serious problem in our country, and we must tackle it.”
We are all part of the solution.
But there is a clear lack of leadership on the part of police and other agencies and there is also a need for a change in how they are doing their job.
“What we know is that many of these cases go unreported, that police officers do not take these allegations seriously, and many are not prosecuted.”
Rudd said the investigations into child exploitation were ongoing.
“I am extremely proud that we are tackling this issue, which is so important, and there are serious failings in our justice system,” she added.
“But we must ensure that we do not allow children to be exploited by their teachers and other staff in the way they are being exploited by other vulnerable groups.”