A Leeds-based charity has welcomed the new strategy to tackle child sexual exploitation.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) claim that a multi-agency approach will prevent vulnerable children from slipping through the gaps.
The charity has worked alongside West Yorkshire Police to release a series of hard-hitting videos featuring parents whose children have been victims of exploitation.
And the charity hopes that council bosses will work with families who have been victims of child sexual exploitation to help build up a picture of the perpetrators.
Fleur Strong, deputy chief executive of Pace, said: “We welcome all multi-agency working because we think the only way to really help and safeguard children is when all the different agencies work together.
“They act as a network around children that keeps them safe and protects them from crime.
“When agencies don’t work together children can slip between the gaps of the different organisations. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
Fleur said that people wrongly think that children who go missing from home live in care.
And she warned that children themselves often do not realise that they have become the victims of abuse.
She added: “Around 75 and 80 per cent of children who are sexually exploited live at home and most parents are not aware.
“There is still the perception within society and families that they think this wouldn’t happen to me or my child. It’s really not true. If you have a teenage daughter or son you need to know the signs of child sexual exploitation.
“There could be a change in behaviour, unexplained gifts, having a much older boyfriend or increase use of a mobile phone.
“Quite often the child themselves will not realise they are the victims of abuse.”
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