Release the Home Office's Grooming Gang Review in full

The Government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming it is not in the “public interest”. We, the British public, demand the release of the official research on grooming gangs undertaken by the Government in full.

This petition closed on 5 Sep 2020 with 131,625 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Release the Home Office's Grooming Gang Review in full

1. Group based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending
15/12/2020 - Home Office
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Found: Characteristics of group - based child sexual exploitation in the community Literature

2. Children’s Commissioner for England - written evidence
30/04/2019 - Inquiry: Serious violence - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: England has been invited to give oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on Serious Violence

3. The changing nature of activism amongst Sikhs in the UK today
07/10/2019 - Commission for Countering Extremism
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Found: offering a new insight on a demographic becoming of interest to policymakers and academics globally and nationally

4. Group based child sexual exploitation characteristics of offending
15/12/2020 - Home Office
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Found: Group - based Child Sexual Exploitation Characteristics of Offending December 2020

5. Violence and Vulnerability Unit - written evidence
30/10/2018 - Inquiry: Serious violence - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: place over the past few years into drug markets, gang activity and the exploitation of vulnerable people

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Release the Home Office's Grooming Gang Review in full

1. Grooming Gangs
03/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: considered e-petitions 300239 and 327566 relating to grooming gangs.I would like to thank the 131,625 people - Speech Link
2: exploitation concerns following the Rochdale grooming gangs scandal. It is not an easy subject to discuss—I - Speech Link

2. Grooming Gangs
14/05/2019 - Grand Committee

1: Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the prevention of grooming gangs in Rotherham - Speech Link
2: Repeated calls have been made for the Government to provide sufficient resources to support victims - Speech Link

3. Operation Augusta
05/02/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: story of the gross failure of public policy, and the implementation of public policy, to protect vulnerable - Speech Link
2: more would have been done. In no sense would the public have put up with what happened if they had known - Speech Link

4. Organised Crime: Young People’s Safety
05/09/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: as we know, is organised crime. It is adults grooming our children—mostly our young boys—and sending - Speech Link
2: under. The Home Office has a responsibility to demand such strategies from local government and strategic - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
03/12/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: artificial intelligence product to detect online grooming, which will be sent out licence-free for all technology - Speech Link
2: artificial intelligence product that will detect online grooming; that is the intention. The technology showed - Speech Link
3: model to reduce youth violence. A key aspect of the public health approach is cross-departmental working, - Speech Link
4: violence. It is important to look carefully at this public health approach, which is why I have talked of - Speech Link
5: does the Home Secretary agree that the delays by Telford and Wrekin Council in setting up an independent - Speech Link

6. Violent Crime
29/11/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: only policing, law enforcement and policies on gangs and drugs but also health services, youth provision - Speech Link
2: The consequence is that dealing is normalised. Gangs feel that they can operate unhindered. They expand - Speech Link

7. Oral Answers to Questions
10/06/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: a young person is in a gang they become indoctrinated and indebted to the gang, and it is hard to turn - Speech Link
2: years. As he will know, the Select Committee on Home Affairs asked for the annual breakdown of that money - Speech Link
3: I welcome the Government’s decision to adopt a public health approach to youth violence, but aside from - Speech Link
4: importance of the public health approach—having a legal requirement for all Government Departments and - Speech Link
5: under-age knife-bearing murderer. I will not ask the Home Secretary to comment on that case, but does he not - Speech Link
6: violent crime has been to commission an independent review on drugs. Given the revelations over the weekend - Speech Link

8. Policing and Crime
29/01/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: officers than in 2010; and therefore calls on the Government to recruit 2,000 more frontline police officers - Speech Link
2: point, does my right hon. Friend agree that the public value safer neighbourhood policing above almost - Speech Link
3: to our police force? It is about time that the Government stop their austerity, which is decimating our - Speech Link
4: During the debate, we will undoubtedly hear Government Members boast about how many police officers - Speech Link

9. Knife Crime
24/01/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: week in, week out, during business questions and Home Office questions, raised concerns about problems - Speech Link
2: that, increasingly, girls are getting involved in gang activity. At one time it was very much male-dominated - Speech Link

10. County Lines Exploitation: London
17/01/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: runaway and missing children and adults.London gangs and criminal networks from other major cities are - Speech Link
2: some of our children are being coerced into those gangs? Is she pleased, as I am, that the modern day slavery - Speech Link
3: feel cared for by their exploiters.The Government acknowledge that,“the response to tackle - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Release the Home Office's Grooming Gang Review in full
1. Offences against Children
asked by: Lord Pearson of Rannoch
08/06/2020
... why not.

2. Offences against Children
asked by: Lord Singh of Wimbledon
21/07/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government who will be the members of the Home Office's External Reference Group of experts which will review the research on group-based child sexual exploitation prior to its publication.

3. Joe Robinson
asked by: Chris Williamson
18/10/2018
... for what reason the British Government has not made a public demand for the (a) release or (b) extradition of Joe Robinson; and whether it is the policy of the Government to ensure the timely return to the UK of Joe Robinson.

4. Companies: Ownership
asked by: Lord Mann
18/04/2018
... when the review of the exchange of notes between the UK government and the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies expected to be published by the end of March will be published; and what the reasons are for the time taken to publish that report.

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It has been revealed earlier this year that an almost 19,000 suspected child sexual exploitation victims were identified by local authorities in just one year.

Sajid Javid promised the review as Home Secretary in July 2018, pledging that there would be “no no-go areas of inquiry”.

“I will not let cultural or political sensitivities get in the way of understanding the problem and doing something about it,” he said at the time.


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Government Response

Government intends to publish a paper on group-based child sexual exploitation this year, which will set out key findings of the Home Office’s work in this area and implications for policy.


Child sexual exploitation perpetrated by groups is a truly horrendous crime that shatters the lives of victims and their families. We have heard of truly shocking cases of vulnerable children being preyed upon by ruthless predators and failed by the state and those whose job it was to protect them.

These unthinkable crimes have had devastating impacts on towns and communities – leaving lasting scars that go beyond the direct victims, particularly where it has gone on for years.

This must never be allowed to happen again. This Government has made it our mission to protect the most vulnerable in our society, stamp out all forms of child sexual abuse offending, and support victims and survivors to rebuild their lives.
The Government will publish a paper into group-based child sexual exploitation in order to better understand the characteristics of group-based offending and help deliver justice for victims.

The paper, to be published later this year, will outline the insights gained from this work and focus on how agencies can learn lessons from the past to tackle group-based offending and safeguard vulnerable children.

The Home Office will set up an External Reference Group of experts to review the research before its publication.

The work was commissioned by the previous Home Secretary to better understand the scale and nature of group-based child sexual exploitation, including the characteristics of offenders, victims and the context in which these crimes are committed.

Last September, the Government announced an additional £30 million to take down the worst offenders and safeguard victims.

The Home Office will shortly publish the first of its kind cross-government Child Sexual Abuse Strategy to improve the UK’s response to tackling this abhorrent crime.

It will set out how we will work across all agencies – including government, law enforcement, safeguarding and industry – to stop offenders in their tracks, and to help victims and survivors rebuild their lives.

Home Office

This is a revised response. The Petitions Committee requested a response which more directly addressed the request of the petition. You can find the original response towards the bottom of the petition page (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300239)


MPs spoken contributions during 3 Feb 2021 petition debate