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Government delivers 40 million to tackle child sexual abuse and child trafficking

Release Date: 16 Feb 2017

The Home Secretary today announced new measures to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking and pursue offenders across the UK.

These measures include the launch of a new Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, which is headed by Barnardo's.

She also announced an extra £20 million for the National Crime Agency and funding for organisations working to protect children at risk.

On Wednesday (February 15) Amber Rudd visited the new Centre of Expertise which is called ‘Safer Futures’ in Salford, Greater Manchester. The service, run by Barnardo’s is a counselling centre for victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, said:

Children should be able to grow up free from the horrors of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Something that should go without saying, but sadly that's not the case.

This Government has done more than any other to tackle these horrific offences. We have increased support for victims of sexual abuse, invested in training and technology to improve law enforcement's response to abuse both on and offline, and brought in a tougher inspection regime to ensure all front-line professions are meeting their child protection duties.

But there is more to do, the measures I am announcing today will further improve our ability to protect children, and under my watch I am determined to bring those that would try to steal their childhood to justice.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

Through the Centre of Expertise we will develop a deeper understanding of this abuse so that more children can be protected and helped to recover. We will use our collective experience and expertise to develop a greater understanding of what works in the fight against child sexual abuse and to improve responses.”

And thanks to the roll-out of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates, trafficked children in Hampshire, Greater Manchester and Wales will no longer have to navigate their way alone through complicated statutory systems including health, social care, education and criminal justice, to get the support they need.

For more information, please call Barnardo's national media team on 0208 498 7555

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