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Bristol authorities launch new pro-active approach to tackling child sexual exploitation and grooming gangs

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From: https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/child-sexual-exploitation-grooming-gangs-2269726

Bristol is one of the first cities in the UK to trial a brand new, city-wide multi-agency approach to challenge child sexual exploitation.

A series of events and meetings are taking place to tackle this important issue, following high profile cases in Rotherham and Huddersfield.

The Heads of service from different agencies have met to plan a strategy to be implemented. A community meeting, in order to educate and inform members of the night time economy, and will take place in January 2019 at Junction 3 in Easton.

Child grooming gangs have hit the national headlines, and is being seen as a national scandal.

Police and social services in other parts of the UK have been heavily criticised for slow response to CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation), so a multi-agency group in Bristol is seeking to be pro-active.

While there have not been any high profile cases recently in Bristol, in November 2014 a Bristol sex gang was convicted of grooming girls.

The 13 men, all from Bristol, were convicted of charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, facilitating child prostitution, trafficking and paying for the sexual services of a child.

In a separate investigation named Operation Topaz, the police claimed 200 victims and 160 suspects in a three month period between November 2017 and January 2018. Some 56 per cent of the suspects were 24 years old or younger, and another 28 per cent were 25 to 44-years-old.

The remaining 16 per cent were 45 or older, leading the police to conclude that “young people are most at risk of grooming by offenders who are in their early twenties and teens.”

CSE is defined by the police as a form of child sexual abuse: “It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity. This can be in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.’

This can also be when an individual does not see themselves as a victim.

It’s an emotive subject, one that has divided the community. Councillor Afzal Shah is leading on this project and keen to have some tough conversations.

He said: “This is about being pro-active and ensuring that as a local authority and ‘corporate parents’ we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our own children within the city.

"A common feature of CSE is that the child or young person does not recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and does not see themselves as a victim of exploitation."

The initial meeting, chaired by Councillor Shah, which happened on Thursday, November 22 at City Hall, was attended by Will White, the Avon and Somerset Police Superintendent lead for CSE; Ann James, the Director of Children and Family Services; Sally Lewis, the Head of Social Services; Fiona Tudge, Head of Safegarding at Bristol City Council and a number of others.

Chaired by Councillor Shah, the aim he said was “to get a snapshot of where we are with CSE in the city. How positioned we are collaboratively between statutory agencies tackling CSE locally.”

Councillor Shah explains that being pro-active and not reactive to events is important. The timing of this key, and for him Bristol needs to act.

He said: “There are concerns with the cases nationally of course, and the fact that Barnardos has witnessed almost 40 per cent increase in young vulnerable children using their services nationally.”

Education is paramount, and discussions in the meeting focused on supporting people working in the night time economy to identify signs of CSE and to report accordingly.

Councillor Shah said: “Key discussions focused on how to we can utilise people who work in these industries. How we can engage effectively with taxi drivers, people who work in take aways, and off licences. This is key to prevention.”

The plan is to role out some training to these groups.

The meeting, with a view to the open forum in January, had a strong an emphasis on engaging with communities.

Councillor Shah said: “There is a particular emphasis on how we can engage more effectively with local communities , local community groups, and faith groups.”

The next community meeting takes place at Junction 3 in Easton, sometime in mid January 2019. Exact date to be confirmed.

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