Surrey councils join together to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

To mark National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March (#CSEDay18), Surrey councils are highlighting the work they are doing to protect and identify children or vulnerable adults at risk in the county.

Surrey councils are working towards setting up a new policy which will require taxi and private hire drivers to complete Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and safeguarding awareness training. Existing licensed drivers will have 12 months to complete the training and new applicants will be required to complete it before being granted a licence. All 11 district and borough councils across Surrey have either approved the policy or are in the process of doing so, to take a consistent and countywide approach.

Surrey County Council is also going to require drivers involved in the transport of children to complete the training. This training will mean drivers are more able to spot the signs of CSE when they have children as passengers and will know how to report it.