WEST Yorkshire Police were today set to raise awareness during visits to schools to mark the first national Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day.
Officers across West Yorkshire are joining forces with local councils to visit schools and businesses including taxi firms, hotels and hostels, to increase knowledge of how to spot signs of the offence.
Police who are specially trained in dealing with concerns and reports of child sexual exploitation will be staffing information stands with partners in Wakefield and Bradford.
West Yorkshire Polce assistant chief constable Russ Foster, said “In West Yorkshire we currently have a number of major CSE investigations underway and the force is absolutely committed to working effectively with both our statutory partners and third sector organisations to provide support and wrap around care for victims and in doing so maximise opportunities to bring the perpetrators of such horrendous crimes to justice”.
“We take all reports of child abuse extremely seriously and will act accordingly - I would like to reassure everyone that if they have any concerns at all that a child might be a victim of CSE we would like to hear from them.” For more information, go to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse