PCC Visits Safeguarding Unit As Awareness Week Continues
Friday, 4 October 2013
West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson is today (Friday) visiting the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit as it gives a special insight to students on the work it does to protect vulnerable people.
The PCC will join teenagers from the city's schools and colleges at Eccleshill Police Station as part of Bradford Safeguarding Week, which finishes today (October 4) after a week of awareness events.
The unit, which includes staff and officers from West Yorkshire Police, will be showcasing its multi-agency approach to public protection in a series of presentations, while the students will take a tour of the unit, its Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) hub, and take part in a question-and-answer session with the officers who conduct the investigations.
Their visit will also include an overview of CSE to reinforce the message given out by West Yorkshire Police's 'Know The Signs' campaign, which recently toured the Force area with a number of roadshows.
Detective Chief Inspector Darren Minton, who leads the unit, said: "We are delighted to be taking part in Bradford Safeguarding Week. It is an issue which can affect anyone and we know that some people suffer in silence.
"We hope that the students will find the presentations informative, and will go away with a valuable insight into how the agencies of the unit work together to provide the best possible service to victims of domestic violence, rape, forced marriages and to vulnerable adults in general."
Nick Frost, Independent Chair of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, said: "Safeguarding Week is a really important initiative. It helps to raise awareness of safety amongst both the public and professionals. There are many small but important issues that young people and families can address to make their lives safer. These events will help us get that message across in an informative way.”
Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "Bradford Safeguarding Week gives the police and its partner agencies an opportunity to outline the vital services they can provide to victims.
"When I set out my vision for the future of the police service in West Yorkshire, I said that community safety would be delivered by multi-disciplinary teams and in a way that meets the needs of its communities.
"The Bradford District Safeguarding Unit is a perfect reflection of this vision and I am proud to support Bradford Safeguarding Week."