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Report of the Parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation for tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking

Barnardo's has published a report which argues that the government should make changes to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in a bid to better protect victims of child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

It says that legislation should be amended to close a legal loophole that prevents immediate police action when they suspect cases of children being groomed for sex. Barnardo’s also wants local safeguarding children boards to be given greater powers, similar to those of the children’s commissioner for England, allowing them to request information from local agencies in order to support work to tackle the crimes. In addition, it wants all judges and lawyers dealing with cases of child sexual exploitation to be given specialist training, for the term “child prostitution” to be removed from the legislation and information about the myths and stereotypes about child sexual exploitation to be provided to jurors on relevant cases.

For full details see the Barnardo's website.

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Report of the Parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation for tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK