Hiba Mahamadi 12 October 2017

Councils taking proactive approach to tackling child abuse

There has been a ‘sharp increase’ in local authorities’ efforts to recognise and combat child sexual exploitation (CSE), a leading children’s charity has said.

A new report published by Barnardo’s today found a 38% increase in the number of people being supported by its CSE services across the UK, over the last year.

Some 3,430 children, young people, parents and carers accessed the charity’s CSE services in 2016-2017, compared to 2,486 in 2015-2016.

The charity said that the increase is because local authorities have become far more proactive in commissioning services to combat CSE.

Recent high-profile cases like Operation Sanctuary, in which members of a gang who groomed and sexually abused young girls in Newcastle were jailed last month, is noted as one of the reasons behind the increase in the number of people using the charity’s CSE service.

The charity's chief executive, Javed Khan, said: 'The report on Barnardo’s impact published today shows a relentless and growing demand for our specialist services, and as a result we are now helping more vulnerable children and young people than ever before.

'Having trained frontline professionals to identify children and young people vulnerable to sexual abuse in their communities, we have seen a huge increase of referrals to our child sexual exploitation services.'

Barnardos is now working with councils across the country to help them rethink the delivery of children's services.

The report underlined that only joint working with councils, the NHS, the police and other stakeholders, will make it possible to understand how children's services can be changed for the better.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Road Worker

City of Bradford MDC
Band 6 £20,043 - £22,129 pa
Bradford Metropolitan District Council is looking for two Road Workers to join the Highway Delivery Unit. Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Senior Practitioner - Family Support and Protection

Essex County Council
£41552 - £50290 per annum + + Free Parking & Local Gov Package
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Planning Enforcement Officer

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning
Grade 5, £30,737 - £35,747 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Greater Cambridge Planning Enforcement Team Cambourne/Cambridge/Hybrid
Recuriter: Greater Cambridge Shared Planning

Assistant Engineer / Engineer

City of Bradford MDC
£24,920 - £34,373 pa
This is an opportunity to join the highway maintenance team Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Technician - Maintenance Programmes (3 Posts)

Derbyshire County Council
£23,657 - £25,568 per annum - Plus market leading package (see below)
This is an exciting time to join our in-house Highways Service Hybrid
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.