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Campaign to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

Craven District Council is joining a campaign urging businesses to report suspected child sexual exploitation.

The council is holding a drop-in information event along with North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire County Council outside Skipton Town Hall on Friday March 18.

The "Say Something If You See Something" is a campaign aimed at those locations where child exploitation may be taking place - such as parks, pubs, bars, taxi ranks, shopping centres and leisure centres.

The council is writing to taxi and private hire firms in Craven, asking them to be the eyes and ears of their communities. Leaflets will also be distributed to bars, pubs and restaurants in Craven. 

Councillor Linda Brockbank, Craven District Council's lead member for Working with Communities, said: "We know that businesses want to work with us to help protect children.

"If they are able to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation, grooming or human trafficking, and know how to report this crime, they can be a major force in tackling these terrible activities.

"I would urge businesses to come along to this information event to find out what you and your staff should do if you have concerns about a child."

The drop-in information event is taking place from 10am to 2pm on Friday March 18, which is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

The North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board is running The "Say Something If You See Something" campaign. Free e-learning on child safeguarding awareness can be found at www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/children-young-people/free-e-learning

Child Sexual Exploitation involves young people under the age of 18 who are encouraged or forced into a sexual relationship or situation by an adult.

It often involves young people being offered something in return for performing sexual acts, such as alcohol, cigarettes, mobile phones, gifts, money, drugs, or a belief that they are loved.

If you suspect a child is in immediate danger you should call 999, or if you think a crime may have been committed, call 101. If you have concerns about a child you can also speak to the North Yorkshire Children and Families Service on 01609 780780.

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