Hertsmere Council holds sessions to help spot child sex exploitation
PUBLISHED: 12:46 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:16 02 March 2016
Hertsmere Council held training sessions to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation last week for people working in the taxi and private hire trade.
More than 100 drivers and operators, along with council staff, attended the sessions in Borehamwood on Tuesday, March 1, which were staged following the high-profile independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
The inquiry highlighted significant concerns regarding safeguarding controls for taxi and private hire licensing in the city, and found taxi and private hire vehicles had been used extensively by those directly involved in the sexual exploitation of children to move children around the city and to other cities.
Hertsmere Council leader, Morris Bright, said: “Licensed drivers are in a unique position because of things they might see and hear, or they might have passengers on board who seem vulnerable. Reporting this plays a key role in combating child sexual exploitation. “We take protection of the public very seriously and the education of our drivers to help identify signs of child sexual exploitation is one of the many steps we are taking to keep our communities safe.”
For more information about child sexual exploitation, visit https://www.herts.police.uk/advice/child_protection/halo/victims_and_young_people/support_sites.aspx