A night of action took place in Nottingham city centre last night (Thursday 31 August 2017) to raise awareness and inform front line security operatives how to spot and report potential Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) incidents.
Officers from the Security Industry Authority (SIA), Nottinghamshire Police and the City Council hit the streets to speak to security staff and hand out advice cards.
The initiative was formed by the SIA in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council who recognised through interviews with children who had been missing from home that security staff in pubs, bars and shops should be encouraged to look out for suspicious incidents and could utilise their specialist skills to help combat CSE crimes.
The CSE card will give security operatives all the information they need in one place. It advises them to call 101 or 999 in an emergency, if it’s not an emergency then they are advised to report incidents to Nottinghamshire Police through a special piece of software. Raising awareness of this will streamline the process and enable all manners of concerns to be reported and followed up efficiently.
Dave Humphries, Director of Partnerships & Interventions at the SIA said: “Private security operatives are uniquely placed to act as ‘eyes on the ground’ to report potential abuse. We are pleased to be working with partners from Nottingham, this is an excellent initiative and will help to ensure that security operatives are aware of the indicators of child sexual exploitation and how to report them.”
Detective Inspector Kevin Broadhead from Nottinghamshire Police said: “We’re really excited about this initiative, it’s a way for us to work with our partners, sharing specialist skills which will enable us to be made aware of more CSE issues. Tonight is about raising awareness of the type of situations that security staff could be looking out for, informing them of the process that’s in place and encouraging them to report any suspicions they may have concerning children, young and vulnerable people, no matter how small, via the appropriate methods.”
Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Early Intervention and Early Years, said: “Keeping our children safe will always be a high priority for Nottingham City Council and we remain committed to working with our local partners to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE). We have agreed a number of joint standards across nine councils in the East Midlands as we look to tackle this issue.
“CSE causes real harm to some of the most vulnerable youngsters in our community, and through the work we do with missing children we have become aware that people operating within the security industry – and particularly the night-time economy – are in a unique position to help.”
The initiative is being rolled out across Nottingham city first and then other areas of the county. The SIA also has plans in place to roll it out nationally.
If you have any CSE concerns please report them to us on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.
Sheila Taylor (MBE) will be on ITV Central News tonight at 6pm