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Barnardo's backs LGA's taxi safety call

Release Date: 25 Aug 2017

Barnardo's has backed a call from the Local Government Association for the government to combat child sexual exploitation by updating taxi laws.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

Following several child sexual exploitation cases involving the drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles, we support measures that tighten up protection for vulnerable passengers and children.

Barnardo’s sees first-hand through our child sexual exploitation services the devastating effects this form of child abuse has on young people and has welcomed the government’s plan to issue guidance to taxi and hire vehicle drivers on how to protect children and vulnerable adults.

We are still waiting for this guidance to be included in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 and urge the Government to prioritise this as a matter of urgency.

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