Council leader Shaun Davies has announced that two leading campaigners, who helped deliver the recent Independent Inquiry in to historic child sexual exploitation in Telford, have agreed to work with Telford & Wrekin Council to implement recommendations. This is an unprecedented move and something that hasn’t happened before with British Inquiries into child sexual exploitation.
Following a court case in which a taxi driver was this week jailed for sexual assault on a passenger picked up in Telford, the Council is again urging the Government to change the law that allows drivers to operate in council areas that do not issue their licence.
The Child Sexual Exploitation Inquiry Members Advisory Group will meet on Tuesday 9 July where they will be asked to comment on the final terms of reference for the inquiry and a report on the design of the inquiry process before Cabinet meets to formally receive the terms of reference on behalf of the Council on 11 July 2019.
An independent chair for the independent inquiry in to child sexual exploitation in Telford is set to be recruited. Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet approved recommendations from the Commissioning Body to start the recruitment process at its meeting on 14 February.
Today marks the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. In conjunction with this, the Department for Education is relaunching the “Together, we can tackle child abuse” campaign, setting out to raise public awareness on the signs of abuse and neglect. Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility and more information including spotting the signs of child abuse and who to report it to can be found on the Department For Education website.
Months of preparatory work to pave the way for an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford will mean it will progress efficiently and effectively when it gets under way, says a new report.
Telford & Wrekin Council has confirmed it has extended funding for the Holly Project to support survivors of child sexual exploitation (CSE) until the end of this financial year and committed additional support for survivors and victims in excess of £200,000 for the next two years.
The article below was written by the Council's director of Children's Services Clive Jones for the Municipal Journal following some recent media coverage about child sexual exploitation in the borough.
A cross party group of councillors who will oversee the process of appointing an independent commissioning body to procure an independent chair to lead an inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford and Wrekin is to meet next week.
An advisory body of six councillors is to meet to consider how best to set up a commissioning body which will be tasked with procuring an independent chair to lead the inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford and Wrekin.
Since seven Telford men were convicted after Operation Chalice, one of the first such prosecutions of its kind in the UK, we have welcomed scrutiny of the council’s practices to protect children from sexual exploitation since Telford & Wrekin was formed as a council in 1998.