We are supporting the National Working Group’s Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day today, March 18. This day highlights the threat from child sexual abuse, encouraging everyone to spot the signs of abuse, speak out against it and adopt a zero tolerance to adults or children developing inappropriate relationships with children.
Police forces up and down the country will be taking part in operational activity to deal with the threats of CSE and encouraging victims to come forward and report crimes.
Changes in police recording and victims’ improved confidence in how the police will deal with abuse have played a significant part in the increase in reports to us but we are now starting work with academics to consider whether more children are actually being abused
National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Lead for Child Protection and Child Abuse Investigations, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, has emphasised the importance of maintaining trust and confidence in the police service - so that victims of sexual abuse feel able to come forward and reports are investigated.
NPCC Lead for Prostitution and Exploitation ACC Nikki Holland has developed proposals to assist forces in dealing with sex work and related issues locally, which will now be subject to further consultation.
The use of corrosive substances to commit an act of violence is an extreme and generally very personalised crime. In recent years, the police have made great inroads in tackling violent crime and will continue to enhance our intelligence picture to reduce this type of offending in the future.
With the number crimes associated with online dating apps and websites increasing, users are urged to be as security conscious as possible and report any offences if they become a victim of this type of crime.