Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups

This Inquiry was Chaired by Sue Berelowitz, and supported by a panel including an advisory group, government officials group and a number of specialist advisory groups.

It provided the most comprehensive assessment to date of the scale and nature of sexual exploitation of gangs and groups and practice responses to this issue

The inquiry involved:

  • 800 children and young people
  • 100 pieces of submitted evidence
  • 25 site visits
  • 100 agencies.

The Inquiry was made up of two phases.

Phase One

This focused on establishing prevalence with detailed evidence emerging on the scale, scope and extent of this particular form of violence and abuse.

It included:

  • an accelerated report, at request of Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, on the emerging findings of Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse with a special focus on children in care.
  • “I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world”: an interim inquiry into child sexual abuse;
  • a report conducted by the University of Bedfordshire into gang associated sexual exploitation and sexual violence
  • a rapid evidence assessment of the effects that access and exposure to pornography have on children and young people

Phase Two

This concentrated on the identification and dissemination of best practice in order to make practical recommendations for early intervention, prevention, disruption of harm and support for victims.

It included:

  • “Sex without consent, I suppose that is rape”: How young people in England understand sexual consent
  • “If only someone had listened”: Office of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups Final Report
  • "It's wrong... but you get used to it": A qualitative study of gang-associated sexual violence towards, and exploitation of, young people in England
  • Four films made by young people for their peers, professionals and policy makers to support “It's wrong...but you get used to it”
  • The ‘See Me, Hear Me’ framework which is a child-centred approach for protecting children and young people.