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Girls in care homes are at risk of sexual exploitation

7 November 2011 Last updated at 13:55 GMT

Two-thirds of girls in care homes in Northern Ireland are at risk of sexual exploitation, a survey has suggested.

The Barnardo's survey entitled 'Not a World Away' also indicated that both male and females were affected by abuse.

It claims that in half of the identified cases for concern, the abuse lasted at least one year and in over 16% it lasted three or more years.

The findings come from a survey conducted among 786 16-year-olds.

Chris Buckler reports.