Telford child sex abuse inquiry: Survivors to work with council on changes

Posted: 18th July 2022

Two survivors of child sexual exploitation are to work with Telford and Wrekin Council to make improvements after a damning inquiry.

A report, published on Tuesday, said more than 1,000 girls were abused in Telford over decades and agencies blamed children, not their abusers.

Holly Archer and Scarlett Jones, not their real names, were both sexually abused in the town.

The council said they had agreed to work with the authority.

They will help to ensure all the recommendations made by the report are implemented.

“The value of having survivor voices at the heart of the whole process is more than important, it’s crucial,” Holly and Scarlett said.

“We want to let the community know that we will do all we can to make sure all of the recommendations are implemented and so they work in practice.”

Holly was repeatedly raped in Telford between the ages of 14 and 18.

She went on to launch a support service, write a book of her experiences and was among those who led calls for the inquiry.

Scarlett gave evidence to the inquiry about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, and has also previously written a book on the subject.

When the report came out, she said she and Holly would “not stop until every recommendation is followed and adhered to”.

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The inquiry made 47 recommendations including calling for an annual report on child abuse in Telford, improving information sharing and ring-fencing funding of specialist child sexual exploitation teams.

Telford and Wrekin Council Leader Shaun Davies said the local authority accepted and would work to implement them “as quickly as they can be.”

He said he was “appalled” that people had been let down by the system and organisations over such a long period of time.

Maintaining trust and confidence in the police and council would be the “biggest mountain to climb,” he said.

“I understand the anger out there, I live in this town with my family, I am bringing up my family in Telford, I understand that anger and I share that anger too.”

Source: Telford child sex abuse inquiry: Survivors to work with council on changes – BBC News

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