Help us catch child groomers officers urge as police mark CSE Awareness Day (18 Mar 2015)

Senior police are urging residents not to let CSE offenders get away with it as part of efforts in West Yorkshire to mark the first national Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

In a video message, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster has said the force will treat every report seriously and sympathetically and wants to hear from anyone who may have information as significant efforts continue to tackle the crime in the Region.

In a second video, Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson also underlines his support for CSE Awareness Day and his determination to see offenders brought to justice.

Wednesday's CSE Awareness Day will see officers across West Yorkshire join forces with partners in local authorities on Wednesday 18th  March to visit schools and local businesses such as taxi firms, hotels and hostels to increase knowledge of how to spot the signs of the offence.

Safeguarding officers, who are specially trained in dealing with concerns and reports of child sexual exploitation will be staffing information stands with partners across the districts including Wakefield and Bradford.

Meanwhile, the force is also encouraging twitter users to join a CSE  'Thunderclap' on Twitter at 12 noon on Wednesday using the  #CSEDay15 on twitter and would encourage everyone to join in.

For more details visit - https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/22171-national-cse-awareness-day?locale=en

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation remains the number one priority for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the force with both continuing to support the ongoing Know The Signs campaign.

The joint campaign contains detailed information about how to spot and report CSE and details of it can be found at  www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse

Significant investigations into CSE remain ongoing across all 5 districts including a major enquiry in Calderdale through which 25 men have been charged with sexual offences and are now facing trial.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster, of West Yorkshire Police, 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.  Even if the outcome is that there isn't a crime being committed we would rather look into it than it go unreported.  No-one will be blamed or criticised for making these claims regardless of the outcome."

The ACC said the force had dedicated teams trained to deal with CSE victims and witnesses and stressed that those contacting the force would be dealt with extremely sensitively.

"We have dedicated safeguarding officers in all 5 district across West Yorkshire and these officers are specially trained to deal with this type of crime.  We will never judge or blame you or the victim for what has happened and I would urge anyone who does have information to contact us." 

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Child Sexual Abuse is an abhorrent offence and we are pleased to be supporting Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day in West Yorkshire.

"The issue of tackling CSE is the number one priority for West Yorkshire Police and this is the reason I have committed £1.5-million to establish a dedicated team within West Yorkshire Police to work with Safeguarding Detectives in investigating this crime.

"I hope the day will achieve its aim in helping continue to raise awareness of CSE in West Yorkshire and I want to reassure victims as the region's Police and Crime Commissioner that resources have been put in place to both investigate offences and help prevent offending taking place."

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