Our Partnerships & Interventions team recently ran an event in Nottingham on 31 August.
The child sexual exploitation coordinator and the missing children’s team manager from Nottinghamshire Police were present, plus representatives from Nottingham City Council as well as industry partners and large providers of door supervisors in Nottingham.
The evening started with a multi-agency media briefing to the BBC, ITV, Nottingham Post and GEM 106 FM. The briefing covered Operation Canberra. and the work we have done with local partners to address child sexual exploitation.
Our investigators, Matt Murchington and Dave Lightfoot, highlighted the leaflets we designed and produced in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and the city council. These leaflets raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and outline what to look for and how to report it. They also detailed the work we have done to support local partners, including an awareness seminar for security companies in Nottingham in September 2016 and our plans to distribute the leaflets nationally to help raise awareness of the exploitation of children.
After the briefing, our investigators went in to Nottingham city centre with the police and council teams and handed out the leaflets to security operatives on duty at bars, clubs, casinos and fast food restaurants.
During the evening, at the Revolution Cornerhouse, BBC East Midlands Today and ITV Central East Midlands news reporters carried out interviews. This event was featured in the regional news, which ran footage of our investigators speaking to door supervisors and handing over the leaflets.
There are plans to distribute the leaflets nationally in the near future.
The evening event was an element of Operation Canberra, which is an initiative that assists Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board. It supports the Police and other partner agencies by demonstrating ways in which the SIA can help their efforts to combat child sexual exploitation in Nottinghamshire. It also seeks to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation across the private security industry.
The initiative aims to increase current child sexual exploitation reporting from the security industry across the county, and to provide meaningful support to those agencies efforts to deal with the issue.
Read the Nottinghamshire Post News Article.
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