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Barnardo's boost to protect children at night


Barnardo’s has been awarded over £700,000 by the Department for Education for a 12-month pilot project to teach night-time workers how to protect children from sexual exploitation after dark.

The initiative - Plain Sight – will reach out to hospital staff, security guards and others who work at night. It aims to equip them with the knowledge needed to form a network of ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground, to look out for vulnerable children.

Barnardo’s CEO Javed Khan said: “Children can be particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation at night. All night-time workers need to be aware of the risks children face when dark falls.

“This funding will enable accident and emergency staff, door supervisors and the wider community to know how to spot the danger signs, keep alert and understand how to get help for children at risk or suffering abuse.”

Plain Sight will be delivered in 12 areas across England through classroom-based learning, outreach work in the community and sessions on reporting concerns to the police.  

Barnardo’s will work in partnership with other initiatives tackling child sexual exploitation and share the pilot’s findings across English local authorities.

Mr Khan added: "Barnardo's works with over 2,000 sexually exploited children across UK and sees first-hand the devastating impact this crime can have on victims.”

The pilot will be rolled out in Plymouth, Rotherham, Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Sheffield, Yorkshire, Bristol, Sussex, London, Birmingham, Leeds and Middlesbrough.

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