Child Sexual Exploitation awareness raising

The Wentworth Valley Area Assembly hosted an event in Bramley last week intended to increase understanding and awareness of the issues around child sexual exploitation.

Local business people, community groups and parish councillors were invited to the session. It was arranged at our request to help local people to understand the signs that child sexual exploitation may be taking place, how they can help to respond to this, and how the council, police and other agencies work together to tackle this terrible group of crimes. Such awareness raising sits within the “Prevent” priority of the Safeguarding Children’s Board strategy.

The event was a pilot of a possible way of delivering this kind of information in the community, and follows a similar event for parish councillors at the town hall last year. It will be evaluated to consider whether such events may be of value in other communities across the borough.

If you are concerned about sexual exploitation, there is information on the council’s website about possible signs and who to contact. There are also leaflets available to share this information more widely, please let us know if you could make use of these.

Separately, the council has commissioned an independent inquiry into historic allegations of child sexual exploitation. There are now confidential postal and email addresses to allow any member of the community to put forward any information they think may be relevant to the inquiry. You can find these by clicking here.

Finally, all three Wickersley ward councillors attended last month’s Scrutiny meeting with representatives of the agencies who are engaged in tackling child sexual exploitation to consider recent reports into their current practice. You can find the background documents for that meeting by clicking here.

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