Thursday 30 October 2014
Today I am launching my independent report Real Voices – Child Sexual Exploitation in Greater Manchester, which was commissioned by Police & Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd to examine what has changed since the Rochdale grooming case in 2012, and what still needs to change.
I was determined that the voices of young people should be heard very clearly through the report, and I’m keen to see a radical new approach to CSE, to be led by young people themselves. In the report, I have made a range of recommendations on how CSE cases can be better dealt with in future, and also how preventative measures including better training, raising awareness of the issues amongst young people, and increased joint working across police and local authority boundaries might help prevent CSE from taking place. I also recommend that CSE should be treated as a key public health priority in the same way that smoking and obesity are, so that a more strategic approach can be developed to combat it.
You can download the full report here: Real Voices Final