Community closes ranks on child abusers

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Child abusers are warned they cannot hide from their crimes after community and volunteer workers in South Northamptonshire gathered to learn what they can do to tackle the problem.

In the joint initiative by the Northants Safeguarding Children Board, South Northants Council (SNC), Northants Police's RISE team and Northants County Council, experts gave a presentation and took questions during a free event at The Forum in Towcester on Wednesday, 26 April.

They explained the nature of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), how to spot the early warning signs, answered concerns about the reporting system, and outlined what communities can do to tackle abuse.

Nicola Riley, SNC's shared community services manager said: "We've all seen high-profile cases of CSE in the news, but we cannot put our heads in the sand and pretend it can't happen in South Northants.

"The message is clear to abusers, the eyes and ears of the community are wide open and there is no place you can hide."

Detective Inspector Richard Tompkins who heads up the RISE team said: "We have active investigations across the county including South Northamptonshire. This event was an opportunity to highlight the issues and seek support from the community so that we can better safeguard young people.

"We would urge the public to report incidents where they are concerned that a child is being exploited."

For more information on what is being done to tackle CSE, advice and toolkits to deal with abuse, visit Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board website.