100 children at risk in Leeds

The Yorkshire Post of today:

Leeds exploitation action plan as 100 children at risk of grooming

MORE than 100 children in Leeds were deemed at direct risk of sexual exploitation last year, while hundreds more were considered vulnerable after going missing from home or care.

Children as young as 11 were among the 455 young people reported missing last year, according to a report by the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board.

Council bosses are now drawing up a multi-agency strategy to prioritise efforts to protect young people considered vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse.

The board’s annual report reveals around 54 per cent of those reported missing between 2012-13 were aged between 11 and 15, while 103 youngsters were considered at direct risk of abuse. Read on…

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