POLICE in Dewsbury hosted an awareness day to highlight the dangers of child sexual exploitation.
The event was held at the town’s new fire station alongside children’s charity Barnardo’s, Kirklees Social Services and representatives from the local mosque.
Sergeant Chris Piggin, of Kirklees District Police, said: “We wanted to hold this event to help to raise awareness about this abhorrent crime and offer support and advice to the community on how we can tackle this issue together. We have a dedicated safeguarding unit in Kirklees, which has specialist officers trained to deal with child sexual exploitation and will always put the needs of the victim first.
“All reports of child sexual exploitation will be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively.
“We also want to reassure these young people that we are here to listen if they have concerns or any questions.
“Any young person can become a victim of child sexual exploitation and no one will be judged or blamed for anything that has happened.”
The newest addition to the safeguarding unit is PC Chris Birkenshaw, who has taken up the role of child sexual exploitation perpetrator manager.
His role will be to visit those identified through crimes and intelligence, to educate and deter those involved or suspected of this type of offence.