Victims of child sexual exploitation get help

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A NEW project is under way to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Hampshire Constabulary is working with Portsmouth City Council Children’s Services and children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The scheme will see CSE Guardian Angel patrols being piloted in Portsmouth as a way to reach people who may be affected by child sexual exploitation.

The patrols will consist of police officers, Barnardo’s workers and council social workers joining forces to target areas of the city to engage with people and pass on information about CSE.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Rawlings said: ‘We are looking at new and innovative ways to reach people in Hampshire who may be a victim of CSE or can help us stop it happening.

‘The idea of CSE guardian angels is new and we are trialling it first in Portsmouth with our partner agencies to see if it works for us.

‘The patrols will be highly visible and we hope to reach a large number of people during the evening. The main aim is to raise awareness of what exactly CSE is and provide advice where we can.’

The patrols begin tonight and will run every two weeks.