Talk to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

Published: Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Those who work with children and young people within the community or voluntary sector are invited to attend an informal talk on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The event is free and is being held at The Guildhall, Northampton on Wednesday 8 November. Refreshments will be provided from 5.30pm, with experts on hand to answer any questions.

The talk itself will be taking place between 6pm and 7pm, and will be covering; what CSE is, how to spot the signs, how to report concerns, how communities can help tackle CSE in Northamptonshire as well as information on local initiatives going on to tackle it.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, Northampton Borough Council, said: “We all have a responsibility to safeguard children, so it’s vital that we ensure people are aware of what to look out for as well as what to do should they suspect something.

“I would urge anyone who works with children in the community and voluntary sector to book their tickets for this free and important event as soon as possible, as places are limited.”

The event will include presentations from Detective Inspector (D.C.I.) Richard Tompkins of the Police Public Protection Command.

D.C.I. Tompkins said: “The devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on children and local communities has been well documented.

“This is an opportunity to find out the local context and what measures are being undertaken to tackle and prevent CSE in Northamptonshire.

“Safeguarding is most effective when professionals and the community work closely with each other. We would encourage people to attend the event as the support of the public is absolutely vital to tackle this issue.”

The event is being organised through the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) as a joint initiative between Northampton Borough Council, RISE (Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation) and Northamptonshire County Council.

There will be an opportunity after the event to talk with speakers, CSE specialists and local members of the council as well as to network with other people working in the community within your area.

To book a ticket please visit Eventbrite.