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16th April 2018, 15:31

Prevention of child sexual exploitation the focus of Government training course

A training course on the prevention and detection of sexual exploitation of children is being run by the Government. The Child Protection Committee and safeguarding officers from numerous departments and agencies will be involved in the two day event.

The Ministry of Health, Care and Justice defines child sexual exploitation as a form of abuse which occurs when a person under 18 is coerced, manipulated or deceived into sexual activity. The victim can be sexually exploited even if the activity – which doesn’t always involve physical contact – appears consensual. It can also involve technology: for example, images posted online. It’s a complex form of abuse, requiring knowledge, skills and expertise from those investigating.

The training programme will be delivered by a senior consultant from the UK child protection and safeguarding agency Barnardo’s, Julie Dugdale. The Chair of the Child Protection Committee, Natalie Tavares, said the training will enable the committee to continue developing its safeguarding strategies, and provide practitioners with the tools to assess, identify and support those at risk.