Work together now to stamp out child sexual exploitation

Release Date: 10/04/2017

Those who work with children and families are invited to a special conference next month to find out they can do to help raise the issues of child sexual exploitation and missing children across Richmond and Kingston.

The Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) for both boroughs, are jointly hosting the conference on the 11 May at Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, KT8 0BT.

Child Sexual Exploitation is a type of sexual abuse where children or young people are groomed and sexually exploited for money, power or status. Children who are missing from home, care or education are often the most vulnerable.

The conference is targeted at those professionals who work with children and families, this includes those in health, education, police and more generally with families and the community.

The event will include talks focused on risks and safeguarding responsibilities. It includes presentations on knowing the warning signs and e-safety. There will be guest speakers – including Borough Commander Parm Sandhu.

Deborah Lightfoot, Independent Chair of the Richmond and Kingston LSCBs, said:

“Children have a right to grow up safe from harm. It is not acceptable for anyone to treat a child in a way that harms or makes him or her unhappy and will damage how they grow up.

“Our strategy is to stamp out CSE across both Richmond and Kingston has partnership working at its core. All those who work with children and their families must focus on preventing them from harm and, where they have been harmed, focus on helping them to become physically, sexually and emotionally safe.

“I encourage anyone interested in finding out more to attend the conference.”

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Updated: 28 April 2017