Kirklees Council has published two reports. The reports concern, respectively, looking at non-recent cases of CSE and secondly, at the current practices and procedures of the council and its partners in identifying and dealing with those at risk of exploitation. The reports, in the main, are positive with concerns raised in the non-recent independent review of two cases which were not handled appropriately.

Overall, however this report shows that the council provided a secure service at that time. The review into current practices highlights the council's improvement journey, its willingness to learn and implement new practices as well as how, along with its partners, it is sharing information and working together to support those most at risk.

Our response

Historic Child Sexual Exploitation - An Independent Review of Cases, by Dr Mark Peel

This independent review was commissioned by Kirklees Council and carried out by a renowned academic and social work expert. Dr Peel's independent review looked at non-recent cases involving young women who were known to Kirklees Children's Services and who later featured in court proceedings which saw 20 men imprisoned for offences relating to CSE.

Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Child Sexual Exploitation Review, by the National Working Group CSE Response Unit

This review was commissioned by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board and carried out by an organisation which supports local agencies with their response to CSE. Its main focus was to examine current policies, procedures and working practices in relation to CSE in Kirklees.

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