National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2016 is on Friday 18 March.
Birmingham City Council and local authorities and police across the region continue to carry out activity to prevent and tackle CSE.
On awareness day, people are being asked to make personal pledges on how they can help raise awareness and ensure the issue is not ignored.
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children’s services at Birmingham City Council, said: “Safeguarding children is everyone’s business and everyone can play their part which is why this is such as important campaign; encouraging people to think about, spot, and speak out about abuse. With our partners and the help of communities we can tackle this crime together.”
- The council just employed three new specialist CSE nurses to form part of the MASH team and strengthen the city’s response to CSE.
- Interviews have recently been undertaken to secure the employment of three permanent CSE co-ordinators.
- We are working with Barnardo’s and West Midlands Police through the ‘In Plain Sight’ programme, aimed at educating and engaging with the night-time economy.
- Training has already started for some hotel staff and night time economy workers in Birmingham so they can recognise the signs and help keep vulnerable children safe.
- The city council’s licensing service is taking action, with taxi drivers receiving specialist training on how to tackle CSE.
- We recently worked with colleagues at the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust on a film – BAIT – featuring young people from schools and youth groups to raise awareness among teenagers. We have shared this resource with the 14 safeguarding boards across the Midlands region
- And the city council recently took innovative steps – leading the way nationally – to take out civil injunctions against men suspected of being involved in CSE.
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