Lancashire child sexual exploitation experts tackle issue

CHILD sexual exploitation experts from Lancashire got together and held a conference for other forces on tackling the issues.

Those attending the conference, including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and the NPIA (National Police Improvement Agency), heard about dedicated CSE teams in each of the six policing divisions in the county.

The award-winning Engage team was set up after the Lancashire Telegraph’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ campaign.

The campaign highlighted the grooming gangs who are targeting vulnerable children in East Lancashire.

Det Supt Ian Critchley, head of public protection, said: “The force has been held up as an example of best practice in a number of national reports and we wanted to share our experiences with our colleagues from across the coutry.

“The conference has allowed us all to come together to share ideas and solutions to problems that we all face.

“So that we can build on the way in which we deal with child sexual exploitation.”

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11:15am Fri 2 Mar 12

Between_the_lions says...

There you go again LT!

The award-winning Engage team was set up after the Lancashire Telegraph’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ campaign.

Would the LT like to explain away all the years it ignored the problem?

I know for a fact that many letters were sent in, so far back I don't think there was a co.uk.
There you go again LT! The award-winning Engage team was set up after the Lancashire Telegraph’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ campaign. Would the LT like to explain away all the years it ignored the problem? I know for a fact that many letters were sent in, so far back I don't think there was a co.uk. Between_the_lions

10:34pm Fri 2 Mar 12

M Foster says...

What a lamentable and belated state of affairs! The British National Party has been flagging up this problem for at least the past 8 years and they have been vilified and called `Racists' for doing so. Their Chairman, Nick Griffin MEP, was twice tried to be jailed for doing so.

And all this time, the `powers that be' including the police as well as the media (such as this newspaper and sister publications) have either been in denial at the extent of the `Asian grooming' problem or, indeed, conspiring to cover it up. Nobody can say they were not warned but, as they say, `better late than never’.

Even in a recent such case of paedophilia reported here, the police admitted they did not take the young victim seriously and she fell back into the hands of her abusers. Just deemed another `isolated incident' I suppose.

Well, a lot of young people and their families have suffered unnecessarily because of those who would rather have shot the messenger rather than heed the message. It is only because the problem has got so big that it can no longer be hidden, and the public has become more aware, that action has now to be seen to be done.

Nevertheless, I do hope they are successful in rooting out those evil people responsible for these odious activities and that ALL sections of society roundly condemn them to make it clear this is completely unacceptable. Yet, there will still be those who come on here and try to blame these young girls for the way they dress, drink, etc. NO EXCUSE!

I should add, I am not a member of the BNP or supporter of Nick Griffin.
What a lamentable and belated state of affairs! The British National Party has been flagging up this problem for at least the past 8 years and they have been vilified and called `Racists' for doing so. Their Chairman, Nick Griffin MEP, was twice tried to be jailed for doing so. And all this time, the `powers that be' including the police as well as the media (such as this newspaper and sister publications) have either been in denial at the extent of the `Asian grooming' problem or, indeed, conspiring to cover it up. Nobody can say they were not warned but, as they say, `better late than never’. Even in a recent such case of paedophilia reported here, the police admitted they did not take the young victim seriously and she fell back into the hands of her abusers. Just deemed another `isolated incident' I suppose. Well, a lot of young people and their families have suffered unnecessarily because of those who would rather have shot the messenger rather than heed the message. It is only because the problem has got so big that it can no longer be hidden, and the public has become more aware, that action has now to be seen to be done. Nevertheless, I do hope they are successful in rooting out those evil people responsible for these odious activities and that ALL sections of society roundly condemn them to make it clear this is completely unacceptable. Yet, there will still be those who come on here and try to blame these young girls for the way they dress, drink, etc. NO EXCUSE! I should add, I am not a member of the BNP or supporter of Nick Griffin. M Foster

11:41pm Fri 2 Mar 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

I think they need their own dedicated police unit to clamp down on these peadophile rings operating in lancashire. There seems to be an article about another member evey week.
I think they need their own dedicated police unit to clamp down on these peadophile rings operating in lancashire. There seems to be an article about another member evey week. Keep Darwen Green

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