Children left at risk of abuse as social services turn a blind eye to underage sex

May 8, 2017 by

by Claire Duffin, Daily Mail.

Children are at risk of abuse because underage sex is now seen as a ‘normal part of growing up’, a damning report warns.

Health and social workers are prioritising the prevention of underage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, meaning sex among under-16s is unchallenged, the Family Education Trust claims.

It says an ‘expectation’ that all under-16s will be sexually active has left them vulnerable to exploitation, because questions are not asked about their partners…

…Norman Wells, director of the trust and report author, said: ‘Relaxed attitudes towards underage sex has led to what can only be described as a paralysis in child protection agencies as far apart as Rochdale in the north, Torbay in the south, Thurrock in the east and Liverpool in the west.

‘Even though the normalisation of underage sex has been identified repeatedly in the serious case reviews as a reason for the complacency of child protection agencies, there is no indication of a willingness to address these underlying issues either at the local or the national level.’

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