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Barnardo’s calls for public inquiry after reports of high child sex abuse in Telford

Release Date: 12 Mar 2018

Barnardo’s is calling for a public inquiry following media reports of a child sex abuse scandal in Telford involving up to 1,000 victims.

The children fell victim to child-grooming gangs operating in Telford over a period of more than 40 years.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

The scale of the abuse in Telford is deeply shocking and those responsible must be held accountable for any failings uncovered.

Barnardo’s would support a public inquiry to understand what went wrong so the same mistakes are never made again.

It is vital that police and other agencies leave no stone unturned to bring child sex abusers to justice. Our UK-wide specialist services see every day the damage caused by these horrific crimes.

We also want policing to take into account the trauma suffered by victims, along with a child-centred approach to all child sexual abuse allegations.

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