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The Children’s Commissioner responds to the Government’s plans to create a new Grooming Gangs Taskforce to better protect children and young women from sexual abuse and exploitation.

Children’s Commissioner for England Dame Rachel de Souza said:

“I welcome this focus on protecting vulnerable children from exploitation and abuse, and I urge them to extend this same focus to children arriving in the UK who often face similar dangers.

“Any measures designed to make children safer, no matter their background or circumstances, are a positive step, so I’m pleased to see the commitment to taking forward recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. This must go hand in hand with reforms to children’s social care, putting children’s experiences and voices at the heart of the system and ensuring they feel able to confide in the adults they trust to protect them, who in turn will be supported to keep them safe. I look forward to seeing the full details of these proposals.”

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