CSE hearing – agreement between council and hotel

By on 14/01/2015 in News

The High Court today approved an agreement between Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Hotel in Golden Hillock Road with an agreed protocol to protect children.

The proceedings arose as a result of Birmingham City Council seeking to protect a child in their care from possible child sexual exploitation.

Previously the Court dealt with Birmingham’s applications for injunctions against individual perpetrators of sexual exploitation of the vulnerable child. However today’s case is believed to be the first involving a venue.

This will be an important tool in the prevention of child sexual exploitation. As with the earlier hearings the city council worked closely with and was supported by West Midlands Police.

The local authority since the start of the proceedings has worked with the hotel to agree a protocol which the court indicated was an entirely proper approach to be taken. As a result it was not necessary to pursue the applications for injunctions and by agreement the proceedings were withdrawn.

Peter Hay, strategic director for people at the city council, said: “Hotels can often be on the frontline of this issue so it is vital that they work with us and understand the issues.
 
“We see this as the way forward and we are currently setting up training for other hotels. We are looking to them and others to work with us to tackle the problem of child sexual exploitation.

“The protocol is based on the Children’s Society’s “Say Something if You See Something†campaign and includes agreement over training staff to recognise warning signs, the operation of CCTV on the premises, the provision of ID and clarification of relationships between adult guests and young visitors.â€

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