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Inquiry into the effectiveness of legislation for tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK

Young woman at risk of sexual exploitation

On 20th November 2013, in partnership with Barnardo's, Sarah Champion MP set up a cross-party inquiry to investigate the effectiveness of legislation for tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK.

Ms Champion chaired a panel that included Ann Coffey MP, Craig Whittaker MP, Sir James Paice MP, Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Yasmin Qureshi MP, Baroness Benjamin, Lord Thomas of Gresford QC, Baroness Walmsley and Simon Snell, the former head of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Child Exploitation Unit.

A number of oral evidence hearings were convened in late 2013 and early 2014, and the inquiry also took written evidence from a number of organisations.

The inquiry's report was published on 2nd April 2014, setting out a number of legislative, policy and practice recommendations. We hope that the Government and local agencies look at these recommendations seriously: and we will be campaigning in order to make the important steps set out in this report a reality.