A damning West Midlands Police report compared the region’s child abuse situation to that seen in Rotherham, saying there were ‘striking similarities’.
Wolverhampton City Council’s processes were criticised in the report, although chiefs said vast improvements had been made since it was compiled in October.
Taxi drivers in Wolverhampton have had licenses revoked because of suspected child sexual exploitation cases.
And working with schools is a ‘priority’ for the city’s new child sex exploitation coordinator, bosses say.
Linda Sanders, strategic director for people, said: “The role that schools have to play is equally important and we are working closely with headteachers to encourage schools to raise the profile of child sexual exploitation among their pupils.
“This is a priority for the new child sex exploitation coordinator, who will work closely with the Wolverhampton Schools Safeguarding Forum and individual headteachers.”
An awareness campaign aimed at taxi drivers and passengers, hoteliers and fast food outlets in Wolverhampton has also been launched.
The report was released by police last week, although it was still partly redacted.
SOURCE: Express & Star