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Child Sexual Exploitation Champions recruited

Published Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A network of experts has been set up in Enfield to identify and stop Child Sexual Exploitation in its tracks.

The Enfield Safeguarding Children Board is marking National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Day today (Wednesday 18 March) with a special event bringing together young people, professionals and council leaders to look at the challenges the borough faces and what action is being taken to protect youngsters. It will also launch the new professional network of CSE Champions.

The CSE Champions have each received intensive training on how to identify the signs of exploitation and they are now spreading best practice within their organisations to make sure Enfield deals with any allegations of Child Sexual Exploitation quickly and effectively.

Wednesday’s event will ask attendees to make a pledge to support the Board in putting a stop to CSE in Enfield. To coincide with the event the Police are running Operation Makesafe, which aims to raise awareness of CSE among licensed businesses such as taxi firms and hotels. The Police and Board members will be visiting hotels in the run up to the 18 March to discuss the issue with them and share the Operation Makesafe publicity.

The Chair of Enfield Safeguarding Children Board, Geraldine Gavin, said: “Our CSE Champions will play a vital role in identifying and tackling CSE in Enfield and will help protect our children and young people from harm and abuse.

“We will not sit idly by and we are absolutely committed to putting in place the safeguards we need to ensure that children are protected and families in Enfield know that they can come forward and raise concerns, and that something will be done about them.”

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services ad Protection, Cllr Ayfer Orhan, said: “We have all heard and seen the news reports about the horrific abuse perpetrated against children in places such as Rotherham and Oxford and we must not be complacent in any way.

“We are doing everything we can to identify, address and eliminate child sexual exploitation in Enfield and we will never rest on our laurels or be complacent about the potential threat this type of behaviour poses our young people.”

The most recent meeting of the Enfield Safeguarding Children Board discussed the progress being made in tackling child sexual exploitation in Enfield and looked at what is being done to improve safeguarding in education.

New members from primary and secondary schools have joined the Board to increase the amount of representation from education bodies.

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