UK children suffered sex abuse on ‘industrial scale’

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David Cameron: “End the walk on by culture that too many police forces and social work departments have demonstrated”

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Children in the UK have suffered sexual abuse on an “industrial scale” with authorities failing to tackle the problem, David Cameron has said.

Outlining plans to tackle child sexual exploitation, the PM accused people and organisations of “walking on by”.

Teachers, councillors and social workers in England and Wales who fail to protect children could face up to five years in jail under the proposals.

And police will now prioritise sexual exploitation as a “national threat”.

This means such abuse will be treated in a similar way to serious and organised crime, with police forces, chief constables and police and crime commissioners having a…

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