Leading the fight against child sexual exploitation

By on 23/10/2013 in News

A senior Home Office director is to lead the fight against child sexual exploitation in the West Midlands.

Stephen Rimmer, the Home Office's director general of crime and policing, will next month start a two-year secondment as the region's strategic leader on action against the sexual exploitation of children and other vulnerable people.

The position involves developing joint working to tackle child sexual exploitation by seven local authorities, West Midlands Police, the criminal justice system and the voluntary sector. Mr Rimmer will be based at Birmingham City Council.

Mr Rimmer said: “I am honoured to take up this role at a time when it is vitally important that agencies are working together to better identify those at risk of child sexual exploitation. I am clear that public services working together can make a huge and positive difference to people's lives and wellbeing.

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues across the West Midlands and helping to transform services for vulnerable people and communities.”

Stephen Hughes, chief executive of Birmingham City Council and chair of the West Midlands Chief Executives Group, said: “I look forward to welcoming Stephen Rimmer to work with us on this issue which is of increasing importance to the region and all around the country.

“Stephen has the expertise to put into place practical measures to help this region and avoid the problems experienced by other authorities. These issues don’t work to boundaries and by working together we can make a real difference.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones said: “Having Stephen Rimmer to lead this area of work is going to be a tremendous asset to the West Midlands.  At our recent child sexual exploitation and human trafficking summit event, the over-arching message from speakers was how crucial it is for partnership organisations to have a joined-up approach in protecting children and vulnerable adults from exploitation.”

“In my view, Stephen Rimmer is the best person to spearhead this work.  I very much look forward to working together with Stephen and our partnership organisations to bring about vital changes that will ensure we can tackle these issues in the most effective way.”

Mr Rimmer first joined the Home Office in 1984. He has since been a Prison Governor - including at Wandsworth, the biggest in the country - led the Government's drugs strategy in the Cabinet Office and been a member on the Metropolitan Police's management board. He has been the lead official for crime and policing issues across the Home Office since early 2009.

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