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Child grooming TV drama welcomed by national child sexual exploitation charity (Press release 11.05.17)

Child grooming TV drama welcomed by national child sexual exploitation charity

A new TV drama on child abuse has been welcomed by a national charity tackling child sexual exploitation.

The new three-part BBC drama, Three Girls, set to air from next Tuesday (16th May) stars Maxine Peake and focuses on child grooming in Rochdale which led to nine men being jailed.

UK-wide child sexual exploitation charity NWG Network was invited to a private screening in London last month. CEO Sheila Taylor said:

“This is a hard-hitting and accurate drama and the BBC should be proud of bringing this story to a wider audience. Through our work we know that some girls and boys are facing these horrendous situations day in and day out.

“The TV drama difficult to watch, but compelling, and we all need to learn the lessons and help avoid it happening elsewhere. By making this TV programme, the BBC have created opportunities for people to discuss the warning signs which encourages people to find out more about how to stop this happening.

“It is important to recognise sexual abuse of children affects all communities and can occur in a range of settings – as demonstrated by the differences in this drama and the ITV’s recent Coronation Street grooming storyline.”

“I have nothing but admiration for the bravery of the girls and their families who advised the production team throughout to ensure it was as accurate as possible.”

This programme focuses on events which took place up to 2013 which saw those responsible sentenced at court. Today tackling the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation and trafficking have progressed. Over the past 4 years we have seen a sea-change in attitude and willingness to tackle the issues among a wide range of professionals across the UK, whilst acknowledging there is much more to be achieved. Greater Manchester have since developed a robust strategy for tackling the issues and with the development the Phoenix Project. Nationally the development of the National CSE Response Unit and the Centre of Expertise is assisting in understanding how we can best tackle the issues and improve our responses to young people who become or are at risk to becoming victim to this horrendous crime.

The NWG Network works at the heart of UK wide response to child sexual exploitation and trafficking. It has had an influential role in high profile child sexual exploitation cases such as Operation Retriever in Derby which saw 13 defendants arrested and Operation Kern in Derbyshire which saw the successful prosecution of 12 men.

In just a few years its membership has grown to over 12,000. Its work is largely behind the scenes, supporting practitioners such as nurses, doctors, police officers and social workers with training, events and information, offering confidential specialist guidance on cases of exploitation and trafficking and supporting major reviews around the country.

Its expertise and leadership have led to involvement and influence in policy-making at senior government level. It was a core participant at the No10 Child Sexual Exploitation Summit, chaired by the Prime Minister in March 2015.

Based in Derby, it began as a small cross-sector network of practitioners from various organisations such as the police, people working in care, health and youth services.

Editors Notes

For more information please contact Stuart Baird on 07799 678009. http://www.nwgnetwork.org/

BBC One’s three-part Rochdale abuse drama Three Girls was written by Nicole and will premiere on Tuesday May 16th at, to be screened over three consecutive nights.

The three-episodes is produced by BBC Studios in association with Studio Lambert and stars Maxine Peake (Silk), Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and Lisa Riley (Waterloo Road).