We have been working with the Children’s Society to run workshops, for front line security operatives working within the private security industry, to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and abuse. These workshops have been running up and down the country since November 2017.
Following the workshops, we have encouraged security operatives to let us know whether the workshops has made a difference and to share good news stories.
Axis Security Services Ltd recently shared a good news story from an incident near to Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, in the West Midlands.
Nicola Powell, a security guard, was on patrol near Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, at about 04:30 on 29 November 2017. She came across a young child (aged 10) at a bus stop.
Nicola talked to the young girl and found out that she was running away to London and was waiting for the bus. It was a very cold morning, so Nicola invited the young girl to their patrol office. She was able to get the girl’s details, contact the local police and the girl’s mother who took her home.
The mother later found out that the young girl had befriended someone online who paid for her bus ticket to London. The police are now making enquiries and looking into the incident.
The Police provided a statement regarding Nicola’s actions:
“Child sexual exploitation is a very serious topic. Spotting the signs and reporting appropriately can eliminate risks posed to vulnerable children both physically and psychologically.
We all have a part to play in our reporting responsibilities. As front line security officers and security businesses, you all have legal and social responsibilities to keep the public safe. Further information is available online.”
Get more information from the NWG (formerly The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People): https://www.nwgnetwork.org/
Find out more about working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children by visiting the PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) website: http://paceuk.info/
If you are worried about the online behaviour of a child or somebody else visit the Stop it Now website and find out more about their child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline: https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/
- The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
- For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).