Lancashire social services were notified of 126 alleged cases of sexual exploitation of children who were under care in homes in the county during the past five years.
The disgraceful figures were revealed as the government declared new measures to take on perverts and (Muslim) gangs that are grooming ‘looked after’ youngsters following the Rochdale Muslim paedophile abuse scandal.
The 126 cases were registered by the county’s child safeguarding unit from the 105 private and 11 county-run residential children’s care homes in Lancashire.
Most required no action but eight instances in county homes since 2009 were considered serious enough to be presented to national regulator Ofsted.
The government moves come after intense pressure by the British National Party and other like minded nationalist groups who have demonstrated regularly the length and breadth of the country in wake of the jailing of nine Muslim beasts involved in a child sex grooming ring in Rochdale and several other predominant cases including the horrific murder of Charlene Downes in Blackpool.
Anne Coffey, MP for Stockport, who chaired a Parliamentary inquiry into the sexual extortion of thousands of children missing from council care criticised recent handling of the subject saying “There is a scandal going on in England involving children missing from care - and until recent cases of child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and other places put the spotlight on this issue – it was pretty much going unnoticed.
“This inquiry has revealed the widespread concern that what we have in place at the moment falls dramatically short of what is needed to protect some of society’s most vulnerable children. We know that dangerous predators are exploiting large gaps in the system and targeting children.
“Our inquiry has demonstrated how the system is far from fit for purpose and needs an urgent rethink to address these failings.”
Children’s minister Tim Loughton promised action after proof was obtained that children were regularly sent 100 of miles away from home to the North because low property prices allowed operators to save money.
County councillor for Rossendale North, Tony Winder said: “We welcome the current debate about the safety of these vulnerable children.
“Here in Lancashire we work very closely with partner agencies, including the police, to protect vulnerable children and to prevent them from becoming victims of sexual exploitation.
"In terms of our own looked-after children, the vast majority are accommodated within Lancashire, or in a neighbouring authority close to where they live.
“More than three-quarters are placed in foster homes.
“For those who need the support of a more structured environment, our residential children’s homes – most of which are rated outstanding or good by Ofsted – offer a real home from home.”
Mr Loughton said new procedures in place will make it far more difficult to place children outside their home boroughs, will streamline information on children missing from care, and will see a comprehensive analysis of the quality of children’s homes.