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Alarming Figure At Risk Of Sexual Exploitation In Town

Monday October 14 2013


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UP to 44 young people in Barnsley are monitored because they're thought to be at risk of sexual exploitation.

It was revealed as part of a child sexual exploitation strategy put together by the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board, which is responsible for keeping the borough's children safe.

Part of the strategy, which focuses on prevention, protection and prosecution, states there are 44 young people at risk of being sexually exploited.

Those young people are being monitored by the Child Sexual Exploitation and Runaways Forum which meets regularly to discuss cases and is made up of key groups such as social care, police and health teams.

Between April 2012 to March 2013 the forum monitored 36 young people, and at present the strategy says there are 44 being monitored because they're regarded as being at a significant level of risk.

Chairman of the safeguarding board, Bob Dyson, said the strategy and accompanying action plan were essential to combat the 'horrendous crime'.

Bob, who took up the post on the safeguarding board in January, said technology and the internet had played a significant part in the methods being adopted by offenders to carry out child sexual exploitation offences.

"There will always have been people who exploited young people, and in some cases for sexual reasons, so the idea of older people taking advantage of younger people has always been around," said Bob.

"During my policing career there has always been predatory people looking to take advantage of young people.

"What's changed over time is how you commit that offence and the way social media and technology are used.

"The internet is a great thing but brings information to your fingertips and brings new types of offending and child sexual exploitation has found its way into that.

"Another thing we have see is high profile cases with an organised element, with people working together, and not just lone offenders.

"What we have called for with the strategy is to show that the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board takes child sexual exploitation seriously."

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Reply Posted by ALovingFather on Monday October 14 2013 at 15:18
I just walked out of a court case where my daughter was ignored by the judge and then he let the offender FREE. A man who had been told to stay away from his OWN children. DON'T START AND TELL ME ABOUT JUSTICE! This PATHETIC country needs to listen up. I am now trying to rebuild my daughters life while that "Undesireable" drinks a celebrational pint in a Working Mens Club... but I cannot tell you which one, 'CAUSE THAT WILL GET ME JAILED. Pathetic to the CORE this justice system!

Reply Posted by KymH on Monday October 14 2013 at 15:39
@ALovingFather - Really feel for u, I hope u get justice 1day very soon!

Reply Posted by Coz on Monday October 14 2013 at 15:46
@ALovingFather, hope your daughter can rebuild her life and the maggot that walked free gets his comeuppance! As a father myself to 3 kids, one being a daughter, I dare say I would walk into the said working men's club for my own justice! Saying that, the government would protect this low life, and send YOU to prison....H

Reply Posted by Coz on Monday October 14 2013 at 15:46
@ALovingFather, hope your daughter can rebuild her life and the maggot that walked free gets his comeuppance! As a father myself to 3 kids, one being a daughter, I dare say I would walk into the said working men's club for my own justice! Saying that, the government would protect this low life, and send YOU to prison....H

Reply Posted by anon on Monday October 14 2013 at 15:51
ALovingFather. if posters get posted . nobody can blame you. it could be anyone couldn't it ?

Reply Posted by Den on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 23:18
I someone hurt my daughter I would happily go to jail to get my own back.