Partner Agencies Join Forces for Safeguarding Week in Kirklees

Friday 6 October, 2017

Kirklees District Police, Barnardo’s, Kirklees Children’s Social Care & Kirklees Licencing will be hosting a workshop in Huddersfield with the aim to raise awareness and tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Officers from West Yorkshire Police (CSE HUB) are holding the workshop and inviting numerous Hoteliers & B&B owners across Kirklees on Monday 9 October at the John Smith Stadium in Huddersfield.

During the two-hour workshop, those attending will be given safety advice, information on safeguarding issues which could affect their premises and those who visit. Further support and training will also be offered to those who feel they need it.

As part of Kirklees Safeguarding Week, police and local authorities have vowed to combat child sexual exploitation across Kirklees.

Police will also be carrying out visits to local business, taxi firms and takeaway outlets; there will also be a stall with officers within the Kingsgate Shopping Centre on the afternoon of Monday 9th October & Thursday 12th October 2017.

PC Chris Birkenshaw of Kirklees Integrated Offender Management Team, said: “Over the past couple of months, we have conducted a number of operations which have been focused on tackling CSE in Dewsbury and Huddersfield. As part of Safeguarding Week we are hosting this session with a number of hoteliers and B&B owners across the District to continue to raise awareness about CSE and safeguarding vulnerable people in the area.

“Protecting children and ensuring that victims are put at the heart of everything we do at West Yorkshire Police. We have specialist safeguarding units in each of our five policing districts, which include officers dedicated to dealing with both recent and non-recent child abuse and child sexual exploitation.

“Tackling child abuse and protecting the vulnerable is not something that any one agency can do in isolation, which is why we work closely with partner organisations and charities to support victims, bring offenders to justice and make our communities safer and feel safer.

“We would urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, whether recent or non-recent, to report it to the police. Please be assured that you will be listened to, taken seriously and supported by professionals with experience of dealing with these kind of offences."

From 9-15 October marks Kirklees Safeguarding week which is a joint week of action between West Yorkshire Police, Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board, Kirklees Children’s Safeguarding Board and Community Safety Partnership, who are working together to raise awareness about child sexual exploitation and identify children at risk.

CSE is taken extremely seriously in Kirklees District and across West Yorkshire and, despite cuts to the Police budget, it is an area in which we have invested to increase resources. A great deal of coordinated work is currently ongoing to safeguard young people across the District by the Police, Kirklees Council and partner agencies and we have a comprehensive and established partnership set up aimed at identifying victims and providing safeguarding measures at the earliest opportunity.

For more information about Safeguarding Week, please visit https://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/kirklees-safeguarding-week.html and also other information on the Force's Know The Signs website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse and view the online videos, snap-guides and other material which can help identify this type of offence and what you can do about it.

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