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Training to protect children against sexual exploitation in Hampshire

Training to protect children against sexual exploitation in Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:01am 29th January 2016. (Updated at 4:10pm 29th January 2016)

Hundreds of police and frontline professionals will learn news skills to make children safer in Hampshire today.

Training will be given at a regional conference in Southampton based on an idea from the United States.

'Intervene to Protect a Child' is a concept that originates from Texas.

This encourages officers to be more alert to potential child sexual exploitation while on patrol.

The training is meant to heighten the awareness of individuals to indicators of abuse.

It was originally adapted for UK forces by Durham Police.

The headline speaker at the conference is Dr Joe Sullivan, Director of Mentor Forensic Services, who will deliver the training alongside DC Michel Bostock of Durham Constabulary.

Dr Sullivan said: "IPC training heightens the awareness of any individual who comes into contact with children in a professional capacity to indicators of abuse or exploitation.

"It is fantastic that Hampshire Constabulary is making children safer by building on the work of their colleagues in Durham, who were key partners in bringing this powerful training to the UK."

Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Sara Glen said: "Hampshire Constabulary, with our partners, is committed to protecting vulnerable children.

"We have a proven track record in this area, but we are not complacent.

"We are still keen to constantly learn and hone our knowledge skills and understanding from academic research, the voluntary sector, and other professionals - in this case learning from Texas and Durham Constabulary.
"This conference has been supported by PCC Simon Hayes and our local safeguarding children board to make sure as a partnership we are at the top of our game.

"Protecting vulnerable people is Hampshire Constabulary's priority.

"This is important to us everyday.

"We provide services to victims and survivors and see the very real impact of child abuse, the short term and long term impact on the individual, their family and our community.

"We are fortunate in Hampshire and the IOW that we have professionals who are passionate about protecting children, the take up for the event has been fantastic."
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