Preventing and lowering incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation, criminal exploitation and modern day slavery

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Who is this service for?

Following the success of the first Prevention Programme which ran April 2017-March 2018, we have been re-funded by Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner for another year until March 2020, to deliver a service aimed at preventing and lowering incidences of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation, Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking on a regional basis across England and Wales.

What support does this service provide?

The programme consists of a network of 10 specialist Prevention Officers, each covering a designated policing region across England and Wales. The Prevention Officers work in partnership with multi-agency professionals including Regional Organised Crime Units, Health, Education, Social Care and other Voluntary, Community and Faith sector organisations to:

  • Identify hot spot locations, priority areas and specific threats in each region.
  • Deliver targeted activities using contextual safeguarding approaches
  • Provide tactical advice to safeguarding and disrupting abuse, exploitation, modern day slavery and human trafficking
  • Co-ordinate the involvement of relevant local organisations to avoid duplication
  • Collect intelligence and bring insight on the current nature of the threat through partnership engagement
  • Help bridge gaps in evidence based knowledge

The programme will run on a tasks basis and tasks will come from a range of partners or be identified directly by the Prevention Officers, where possibly they will work collaboratively with other TCS teams such as Disruption Exploitation and Tackling Child Exploitation teams.

Contact information:

Lucy Belcher, Service Manager North (covering North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, East Midlands and West Midlands Policing Regions)

James Simmonds-Read, Service Manager South (covering Eastern, London, South East, South West and Wales Policing Regions)


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