From 2012 to 2016, a total of 6,226 child abuse allegations were referred to social services in the West Midlands borough of Sandwell – an average of three a day.
Regional newspaper the Express & Star reports that senior council figures said the number of children being “abused and neglected” was rising in Sandwell, a borough previously described as a “hot spot” for Muslim child grooming gangs.
Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said it was a “worrying situation” and called for Government intervention.
“These are some of the most difficult and sensitive matters that we have as a council have to deal with,” he said.
“Over the last few years, we have seen increasing numbers of children being neglected and abused. There are now more children in Sandwell who are subject to Child Protection Plans than we have ever had before.
“This is a national issue and Sandwell like many authorities are having to commit more resources than we have ever had to in the past.”