Prime Minister David Cameron, along with Home Secretary Theresa May and other key stakeholders in health, justice and education will meet in Downing Street later today, where the PM is expected to unveil new plans to crack down on child sexual exploitation.
The press release tells us that newly appointed Commissioner for Rotherham Sir Derek Myers, Professor Alexis Jay, Sarah Champion MP, the new Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield, and the national policing lead Chief Constable Simon Bailey will be among the attendees at Downing Street’s CSE Summit today.
The new measures will include criminal sanctions for anyone who fails to protect children from sexual abuse. The government is considering implementing the sanction by extending the new criminal offence of wilful neglect of patients to children’s social care, education and elected members.
Other measures include:
- Ensuring local areas have long term practical plans to uncover child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- A new helpline to report bad practice
- Tackling the culture of denial through the use of police and education inspections as well as a new Child Sexual Abuse Taskforce designed to trouble shoot in the social work, law enforcement and health sectors
At the landmark Summit, David Cameron will say:
“We have all been appalled at the abuse suffered by so many young girls in Rotherham and elsewhere across the country. Children were ignored, sometimes even blamed, and issues were swept under the carpet – often because of a warped and misguided sense of political correctness. That culture of denial which let them down so badly must be eradicated.
Today, I am sending an unequivocal message that professionals who fail to protect children will be held properly accountable and council bosses who preside over such catastrophic failure will not see rewards for that failure.
Offenders must no longer be able to use the system to hide their despicable activities and survivors of child sexual abuse must be given the long-term therapeutic treatment they need to re-build their lives. But it is not just about introducing new policies. It is about making sure that the professionals we charge with protecting our children – the council staff, police officer and social workers – do the jobs they are paid to do.
We owe it to our children, and to the children who survive horrific sexual abuse, to do better and ensure the mistakes of the past are never repeated again.”
The government’s report, “Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation” is also expected to be published today.