“We need services that ensure that when young people find the courage to report abuse, they will be believed” says Steve McCabe MP

Speaking in a House of Commons debate on child exploitation Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said many lessons can be learned from recent revelations but most importantly the victim must be the first priority.


The Backbench Business Debate on Child Sexual Exploitation was well attended by MP’s, not surprising after recent revelations of widespread child sexual exploitation.


Steve, who used to be a social worker in Wolverhampton before being elected as an MP, told the House that although there had been progress made in child protection some familiar problems still persist. He expressed concern over the doubts that continue to be fostered about the claims of those who have been abused.


Steve is attending the National Child Exploitation Conference on the 22 November; he will be giving a keynote speech, focusing on recent changes to government’s approach to children in care and how to keep them safe in light of the Rochdale and Derby failures.


As a member of the Home Affairs Committee Steve will also give a unique insight into evidence submitted to the Committee as part of their inquiry into child exploitation.


Steve said:

“We have all been deeply shocked by the revelations of child abuse and exploitation over recent weeks; it is more important than ever that we ensure that there are robust systems and practices in place to deal with child protection. We must ensure that when a child or young person reports abuse it is treated with the utmost seriousness.


“I am particularly concerned about the proportion of child victims in local authority care; this is something I will be looking into further as part of the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into child exploitation.”

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