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File VCS/ICS calendar Wolverhampton Council 2007 - Identifies Grooming Characteristsics
Looking at guidance coming from councils around that time, they were saying " NB Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 children under the age of 13 are considered of insufficient age to give consent to sexual activity." Thus, it appears that councils could take the cut-off years specified in the 2003 Act as a reason to ignore those over the age of 13. Yet when the Home Affairs Select Committee finally discussed the grooming gangs, they were emphatic that the age of consent was 16, and expressed shock that they had to remind people of this. Incredibly, in that document from Wolverhampton Council the go on to discusses power imbalances, children being sworn to secrecy, grooming, etc. (see pp.193-194) Clearly they were aware of all the characteristics of this problem, yet not one prosecution from 1988 (when first seen there) to 2008, nor from 2008 to 2018, when this document shows they clearly knew what to look for. Document has no internal dates, but PDF metadata shows it was created in 2007, modified in 2012. No revision history inside the document. Did they modify it once the grooming scandal could no longer be hidden?
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