Lancashire Constabulary launch CSE week

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Lancashire Constabulary launch CSE week

Today (Monday, September 9th) sees the launch of a week of activity aimed at raising awareness of Lancashire Constabulary’s work to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Together with our partners we will be carrying out a range of activities focusing on prevention, awareness, enforcement and community engagement.

While this is a week of dedicated activity to focus attention on this area of work, the approach to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation is long term and around the clock.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “Tackling child sexual exploitation is a priority for Lancashire Constabulary and we are absolutely committed to preventing child sexual abuse, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice.

“While the force was recognised in a recent Home Affairs Select Committee Report as leading the way in innovative ways to tackle CSE, we are not complacent and we will continue to work with our partners to protect children and target offenders.

“We are determined to stop children being abused and exploited; to prevent harm to those being abused and to help them get out of the exploitative relationship they are in; to bring to justice to all those who commit such abhorrent crimes and to ensure that the public are confident to come forward when they require our help. “The public quite rightly expects us to protect children from being exploited and that is exactly what we will continue to deliver.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ibrahim Master said: “The Commissionerhas clearly set out in his Police and Crime Plan that tackling Child Sexual Exploitation is a priority, and something he wants to see Lancashire Constabulary focusing their attention on.

“The aim of this week of action is to drive home the message that The More You Know, The More You See, which is about recognising the signs of CSE. “Together, we want to tackle CSE in Lancashire. But that can only be done if parents, carers, professionals and young people themselves know the signs of CSE and how to raise concerns.

“I hope residents will feel they can come forward to Lancashire Police and know action will be taken. This is not simply a week of activity, it is a long-term campaign which strengthens the commitment of the Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary to tackling CSE.”

We would encourage anyone who has been, or knows someone who has been, sexually abused, groomed or exploited to come forward and contact police confident in the knowledge they will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.

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