Child Sex Abuse In Wales The Subject Of St Asaph Debate

Dozens of young people known to social services and youth offending teams across Wales could be at “significant risk” of sexual exploitation a shock new report reveals.

Barnardo’s Cymru examined 1,487 social service and youth offending team case files of young people aged between 10 and 22 in three different local authority areas and their findings are revealed in a report – Child Sexual Exploitation in Wales.

The report will be discussed in detail at a conference in St Asaph today.

Yvonne Rodgers, Barnardo’s Cymru director, said: “It is of great concern nine per cent of vulnerable children and young people who are known to statutory services across three Welsh local authorities were found to be at significant risk of sexual exploitation.

That equated to 129 children and young people, with a further 118 found to be at ‘moderate risk’ of sexual exploitation.”