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News : Vera Baird Supports New Helpline
Northumbria, UK, June 30, 2015 -- Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is supporting a new helpline targeted at children and young people with concerns about child sexual exploitation involving themselves or others.
Launched yesterday, the helpline will give callers advice and, where appropriate, necessary or requested, access to the police to ensure protection and safeguarding.
The helpline is run by the charity Missing People, in association with the National Working Group Network, and is funded by the Department for Education.
Young people will be able to phone or text a national, free and anonymous helpline on 116 000.
Ms Baird said: "I wholeheartedly welcome any service which helps generate additional information about exploitation in our area. It will allow officers to act swiftly if a young person is in imminent danger, while also keeping the confidence of the caller.
"Many youngsters are wary of reporting concerns. Our officers will encourage the use of this helpline to those who aren’t able to be fully open about what is happening to themselves or their friends.
"Putting victims first is a top priority for Northumbria Police, as outlined in my police and crime plan. Working closely with partners in this way will be beneficial to supporting victims and giving them access to the support they need. A new way of reporting worries anonymously will hopefully result in more children being safeguarded from exploitation and abuse."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Missing People:
Missing People offers a lifeline for the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year.
About National Working Group Network:
The NWG is the only child sexual exploitation network working across voluntary/statutory agencies tackling CSE, with links across Europe, South East Asia, Africa and USA exchanging knowledge, understanding and dedicated to seeking ways to find alternative solutions.
Published: Thursday, July 2, 2015