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Last week the Newcastle Safeguarding Adults and Children Boards published a Joint Serious Case review to consider and learn from sexual exploitation involving children and young adults in Newcastle.
As widely reported in the media, there is significant learning around the sexual exploitation of adults with care and support needs.
The report's author Mr Spicer said 'vulnerability is not determined by age and it is likely that extensive abuse of vulnerable adults is taking place across the country unrecognised'.
The NSAB and NSCB decided to undertake the review in 2015 when there was increased awareness of the prevalence of sexual exploitation that had been occurring in the Newcastle area. The review has been undertaken by an Independent Review Team with experience in safeguarding adults and children from police, health, education and social work perspectives
Also see Public Sector Executive (26 February): Newcastle praised for ‘swift’ reaction to sexual exploitation of vulnerable residents