National awards honour for special constables fighting child sex abuse

Home Secretary Amber Rudd presented the Ferrers Special Constabulary Team Award.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd presented the Ferrers Special Constabulary Team Award.

The Home Secretary has recognised the contribution of special constables in West Yorkshire in helping to prevent child sexual exploitation.

Members of the force’s safeguarding team were honoured during an awards ceremony in London this week.

The team won the Ferrers Special Constabulary Team Award for their work to make locations where children could be at risk of abuse safer.

They worked with Bradford businesses, such as hotels and taxi companies, to teach employees how to spot child sexual exploitation and grooming.

It was part of efforts to reduce opportunities for offenders to find places to harm children, and resulted in two immediate premises closures and 12 written warnings.

Charlotte Kay, of the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Team, said: “We are thrilled to have been nominated.

“Being given the opportunity to give something back to your local community through volunteering with the force is extremely rewarding.

“If the work we do helps to prevent just one child from becoming a victim of exploitation then it’s well worth it.”

Lynfield Mount Hospital in Bradford was a runner-up in the Employer Supported Policing Award for allowing mental health professionals to train as special constables.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “I am delighted to present this award to the Safeguarding Team and recognise the vital contribution they, and Lynfield Mount Hospital, have made to West Yorkshire Police and the local community.”

The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of special constables and police volunteers.