Research and analysis
Sexual exploitation of children: Ofsted thematic report
Thematic Ofsted inspection to evaluate effectiveness of local authorities’ current response to child sexual exploitation.
This thematic Ofsted inspection, titled ‘The sexual exploitation of children: it couldn’t happen here, could it?’ was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of local authorities’ current response to child sexual exploitation.
The report draws on evidence from:
inspection and case examination in 8 local authorities
the views of children and young people, parents, carers, practitioners and managers
themes from the aligned inspections of 36 children’s homes
the collation of findings from the 33 published inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, * children looked after and care leavers
reviews of local safeguarding children boards
Supporting the thematic reports are the guidance documents that were used by the inspectors in carrying out the inspection fieldwork, including the notification letter to the local authorities that were involved.