September 25th, 2016

Four point plan agreed to tackle sexual abuse of children

Four point plan agreed to tackle sexual abuse of children Four point plan agreed to tackle sexual abuse of children

COUNCIL leaders are confident Worcestershire will not become ‘a Rotherham’ after backing a plan to tackle child sexual exploitation.

The county council’s cabinet gave their support to the Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Strategy at a meeting last Thursday (July 16).

The plan aims to ‘detect, prevent and disrupt’ abuse at the earliest stages as well as prosecute paedophiles.

The move comes after a string of CSE cases in places across the country, including in Rotherham where a report found that 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the town between 1997 and 2013.

Coun Marcus Hart, cabinet member for health, added: “I think perhaps one of the biggest mistakes for us here in leafy Worcestershire would be say that this isn’t our problem and this only happens in large urban metropolitan areas.

“But it is absolutely vital we never become a Rotherham or a Rochdale or whatever, so I fully support this.”

The four-point plan has been set out by the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board and also pledges to create an awareness campaign in schools and to provide training to taxi drivers to help identify any signs.

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