HILD protection experts held a meeting this week ahead of plans to tackle the threat of gangs sexually exploiting young girls in Enfield.
The Enfield Safeguarding Children Board discussed ways of protecting the borough’s youngsters from sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation.
Monday’s event was organised in the wake of a damning report on Rotherham Council’s failure to tackle child abuse in South Yorkshire. In 2010 five men of Pakistani origin were jailed for their part in a criminal cartel involved in grooming young girls for sex.
The group met in Enfield to discuss ways of staving off any threat to children in the borough.
ESCB was set up in 2006 to safeguard and promote the well-being of children.
It is made up of organisations including Enfield Council, the Met Police, the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, the National Probation Service and the voluntary organisation Enfield Children and Young Persons’ Services.
Further discussion focused on female genital mutilation and progress that has been made in Enfield to work with the Somali community to back efforts to end the practice.
ESCB chairwoman Geraldine Gavin said: “Our primary role is to protect children and our message is simple – if you’re concerned about a child, don’t keep it to yourself, tell somebody.
“We are absolutely committed to working together to protect children from abuse, mutilation and neglect and all the partners represented on our board are committed to bringing the perpetrators of crimes against children to justice while making it as difficult as we can for abuse to happen in the first place.”