Call to protect girls from abuse

2nd May 2003 at 01:00
SCHOOLS could do more to stop girls being drawn into prostitution and violent abuse, according to a Joseph Rowntree Foundation report based on interviews with 55 teenage girls selling sex or at risk of sexual exploitation. All were regular truants and most had been in care.

Circumstances improved when schools, pupil referral units and educational welfare services heeded warning signs and offered support.

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