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Coming out of the Darkness Conference – 11th March

This conference, held in Leeds on 11 March 2016, will offer a unique opportunity for those attending to: Reflect on the lessons learned from Rotherham Hear from those with direct knowledge of practice responses to CSE in the town Find out about some of the models of good practice that have developed since across the […]

Government criticised for removing legal aid for victims of child trafficking

A report by the Justice Select Committee has criticised the government for removing legal aid for victims of child trafficking who cannot represent themselves due to their age and language barriers. Source: Children & Young People Now 13 March 2015 Further information: Impact of changes to civil legal aid under Part 1 of the Legal […]

Five men receive prison sentences for child sexual exploitation and trafficking

Shakeal Rehman 26, Mohammed Shapal, 22, Yaseen Amini, 37, Usman Ali, 21 and Bekir Rasheed, 37, from Bradford and Sheffield, have received jail sentences totalling more than 28 years. They trafficked and sexually exploited a 13-year-old girl who had run away from home over a period of 8 days in August 2013. Source: Guardian 03 […]

UK born children identified as potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation

According to figures published by the National Crime Agency, 56 UK born children were identified as potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in 2013, an increase of 155% on the previous year. Source: Guardian 18 February 2014 Further information:    United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre National Referral Mechanism Statistics 2013 (PDF)

Health working group report on child sexual exploitation

A report published by the independent Health Working Group has found that professional awareness of the the issue of child sexual exploitation has improved in recent years, but health staff still need better training to identify and help victims. Source: Children& Young People Now 16 January 2014 Further information:    Health working group report on child […]

New child sexual exploitation convictions in Peterborough

Zdeno Mirga, 18, Hassan Abdulla, 33 and 3 teenage boys who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been found guilty of a series of rapes and sexual assaults carried out in Peterborough on five girls aged between 13 and 14. Source: BBC Online 15 January 2014

Inquiry launched into child sexual exploitation

In Northern Ireland, the Health Minister has announced an independent, expert-led inquiry in to child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Northern Ireland. The proposed remit will be to examine the nature and extent of CSE in Northern Ireland; determine issues which need to be addressed to prevent, tackle and disrupt CSE; consider the effectiveness of measures […]

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