Social workers and police who ignored evidence of violent sexual abuse of young girls in Oxford were products of a "culture" of turning a blind eye to children being "sexualised at an ever younger age", an official inquiry has warned.

A Serious Case Review into grooming of girls as young as 11 in the city found they had suffered an "indescribably awful" ordeal under the noses of officials who showed a "worrying lack of curiosity".

It estimates that at least 370 girls are likely to have been targeted for child sexual exploitation in Oxford alone over the last 16 years – although it acknowledges the figure could be conservative and insists the pattern is likely to be replicated in cities across the country.

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