“A worryingly low number” of vulnerable children allocated a school place to keep them safe during the coronavirus crisis are actually turning up, officials have told BBC Newsnight.
In some areas just a quarter of the “at-risk” children who are meant to be in school are believed to be attending.
The figure is thought to be below 10% in some parts of the UK.
These low attendance rates are concerning professionals working to protect these children.
Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on child protection, told Newsnight: “Is it possible that we will see a coronavirus impact upon child sexual abuse?
“Yes I think it’s possible, in exactly the same way as I’ve got to work on the premise that we will also see more children groomed and abused online.”
The school attendance figures for Norfolk’s vulnerable…
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