A report by Ann Coffey, a Stockport MP and child abuse campaigner states that there is a, “greater awareness of the scandal of child abuse by the general public.”
The number of grooming related crimes has quadrupled in 3 years and the number of suspected child abuse offenders has doubled. People working in the public sector have been offered Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) training and it is this training which has helped the Police and Social Services to identify sex offenders.
An Oldham Police Officer working in the child abuse unit told the report, “One of the best referrals we have came from a gardener in the park who had been to CSE training. He said he would never had noticed or realised what was happening if he had not been to the training.”
A bus driver also alerted Police to the grooming of a school girl, “A bus driver who received CSE training noticed that a young girl was consistently getting off the bus one stop before her school and getting into the same car each day. He reported it and it transpired that she was meeting and being groomed by a teacher from her school.”
Taxi drivers, hotel staff, people working in shopping centres and bars have all been assisting and reporting any suspicious the have about grooming or the exploitation of children to the Police.
An Oldham Police Officer said, “It was good news that people were now recognising this sort of question could be the start of something and so they act quickly. Sometimes there is no sexual element to grooming for quite a while.”
Since Ann Coffey published her last report on child sexual exploitation, “Real Voices” in 2014 there have been more than 10,000 reports of suspected child grooming.
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