Organised child sex abuse is widespread in England, a report by MPs on the Rotherham exploitation scandal says.
A review of child protection systems across the country has been called for by the Commons’ Communities and Local Government Committee.
Its report also said Rotherham Council and Ofsted had “failed” the victims targeted in the town.
It suggested the council’s protection policies were “divorced from reality”, enabling the abuse to continue.
MPs said all councils across England now needed to review child protection policies.
Their report said: “On the evidence we took, the alarming conclusion is that Rotherham was not an outlier and that there is a widespread problem of organised child sexual exploitation in England.”
The MPs inquiry was prompted by a report by Prof Alexis Jay, which revealed up to 1,400 children were estimated to have been victims of abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
Ofsted, which carried out a series of inspections during the period, said it had introduced a “more rigorous inspection framework”.
“Organised child sex abuse ‘widespread in England’, MPs say”