Social workers apologise for not protecting vulnerable schoolgirls - Oxford Sex Gang

Police and social workers apologised yesterday for not protecting vulnerable schoolgirls who were sexually abused and exploited by a paedophile ring. The admissions of failure come after victims as young as 11 were drugged and raped when they were supposed to be in official care. Catastrophic failings by police and social services allowed a child sex ring to sexually torture girls as young as 11 for eight years, despite victims repeatedly telling officers they had been raped or abused. Last night – after the vicious and 'medieval' predators were convicted at the Old Bailey – the police and social services apologised for failing to answer the girls’ desperate pleas for help, but bosses of both refused to resign over the scandal. This morning Sara Thornton, chief constable of Thames Valley Police since 2007, twice refused to acknowledge calls for her to resign in the wake of the scandal, saying only that she needed to 'drive improvements into the future'. When asked by oday programme presenter John Humphrys if she would offer her resignation, Miss Thornton said: 'I accept responsibility and as I’ve said I’m very sorry it took so long, but the focus has got to be moving forward. I think the focus for me is on driving improvements in the future. he gang groomed more than 50 vulnerable youngsters before selling them for sex around the country. They used knives, cleavers and baseball bats to inflict severe pain on the girls for their twisted pleasure. But a catalogue of golden opportunities to stop the abuse were missed from as early as May 2005. Three of the girls who gave evidence at the trial were reported missing from residential care on 254 occasions. One went missing 126 times in 15 months. Astonishingly, carers at the children’s homes – which were run by Oxfordshire County Council – just watched as the men collected the girls at night. On one occasion, a manager refused to pay a 14-year-old victim’s taxi fare when she returned to her care home. he girl was then driven back to Oxford where she was raped. The care worker was later sacked and the privately-run care home, where the council placed children, was closed down. Nine out of ten social workers in Oxford knew that girls were being groomed by Asian men, a school support worker told the court. Five girls were abused while in the care of county council social services. If you have an interest or were affected by this article please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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