Ed­u­ca­tion Sec – girls ‘failed’ by author­ity

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THE sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of hun­dreds of girls in Ox­ford­shire should never have hap­pened, Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Nicky Mor­gan said as she crit­i­cised po­lice and so­cial work­ers for fail­ing to pro­tect them.

She de­scribed a highly crit­i­cal se­ri­ous case re­view which de­tails a cat­a­logue of er­rors by the au­thor­i­ties as an in­dict­ment of the fail­ure of front­line work­ers to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple over a num­ber of years.

She also out­lined plans to cre­ate a £7m fund to sup­port the hun­dreds of po­ten­tial vic­tims iden­ti­fied in the county over 16 years.

Re­spond­ing to the re­view, which iden­ti­fied 373 po­ten­tial vic­tims of abuse, Ms Mor­gan ( said it was clear that nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­vene and pro­tect the girls were missed.

She told the Com­mons yes­ter­day: “Read­ing the de­tails of what hap­pened to them has been truly sick­en­ing.”

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