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Failings over Teesside teenager rape case

There was a series of failings by agencies in the case of a Teesside teenager who was raped by a sex offender, a review has found.

A serious case review was set up after the offender admitted one count of rape and was jailed indefinitely.

Redcar and Cleveland Local Safeguarding Children Board's review found if effective action had been taken the abuse would have been prevented.

A series of recommendations must now be implemented.

The man had a history of offending stretching back more than 30 years and had been in jail. He was the subject of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

'Deeply sorry'

He was in a relationship with the teenager's mother. The family moved between two areas in the Teesside region.

The children were on the Child Protection Register.

The overall conclusion of the report was that if effective action had been taken and if the man had been prevented from having contact with the family, the abuse would have been prevented.

Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board chair Patti Summerfield said: "The agencies involved in this case did not do enough to prevent this and we are deeply sorry.

"The purpose of the review was to establish where improvements need to made.

"We fully support all of the recommendations made in the report and these have all either been addressed immediately or will be as part of robust action plans."

Among the recommendations are for agencies to work together to ensure best practice in safeguarding children and young people from the risk of sexual harm and the sharing of information between agencies.