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Act if something’s not right, urge county child sex exploitation campaigners

Published March 10, 2015 by misty534

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‘Child sexual exploitation is happening in Warwickshire, don’t ignore it’ is the message from a new campaign.

Parents and children are being urged to look for the signs and act when they see ‘something’s not right’.

Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Andy Parker, said: “Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

“Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

“Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.”

Campaigners are encouraging people to look out for a number of signs or concerns, which include: a young person regularly missing from home or school, receiving a high volume of texts or calls, change in personal appearance, self-harming, unexplained gifts such as jewellery, and a change in behaviour.

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Detective Inspector Nigel Jones, head of the Child Sexual Exploitation service for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, said: “There are various figures on the scale of child sexual exploitation in Warwickshire, but in reality these are all estimates, and probably below what the reality is.

“We are determined to stop children being abused and exploited, to prevent harm to those being abused, bring justice to all those who commit such abhorrent crimes, and to ensure the public are confident to come forward when they require our help.

“The young person involved might not even be aware what is happening, so it might be a school friend, a parent, a taxi driver or a teacher who spots what is happening and helps bring an end to the exploitation.

“I’d urge anyone to contact us when they see something’s not right. “

“Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship”

Chief Constable Andy Parker

Call 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns or visithttp://warwickshirecse.co.uk.

A range of videos and social media trends are being used to promote the initiative.

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Midland schools on paedophile alert over smartphone messaging app Kik

Published May 5, 2013 by misty534

ImagePolice fear for children’s safety after pupils targeted by user on Canadian-based social network

 

Parents have been put on alert that a paedophile suspect has been approaching youngsters in Warwickshire schools through an internet app.

Police are investigating allegations that a man has asked pupils to send him indecent images on social networking site Kik.

Unlike Facebook the new chat app does not have the ability for users to put restrictions in place.

Police in the USA and Australia have warned against using Kik because ‘risky adults’ have used it to gain access to children.

British police are also concerned that it is putting children in danger.

They have requested that the computer firm, which is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, provide them with information about who has been using the app.

But the company has refused to co-operate.

St Benedict’s Catholic High School, in Alcester, has issued a letter to mums and dads to warn them of the potential danger being posed to their children.

The letter refers to advice issued by the Education Safeguarding Manager atWarwickshire County Council .

It says: “We have recently been alerted by one of the area Children’s Social Care teams about an apparently new internet app called Kik.

“We are told that this app is like Facebook but without the ability for users to put restrictions in place.

“It is provided by a Canadian based company who are not co-operative in terms of sharing information with the British authorities, even regarding child protection issues and the police advise that in the USA, Australia and other countries they warn against use of Kik.

“Kik is reported to be well known in these countries to be used by risky adults to gain access to children.

“This came to light because an adult, thought to be local, targeted a number of young people who attend Warwickshire schools and sought to persuade/incite them to send indecent images.

“The situation is being addressed through due procedures and the individual is being pursued by the police.”

We contacted Kik to ask them about these allegations, but the firm did not reply to our email.

The company was founded in 2009 by a group of students from the University of Waterloo who claimed that they were aiming to build a company that would shift the centre of computing from the PC to the phone.

They claim that Kik messenger is the fastest most life like chat experience available on a smartphone.

The news comes just weeks after it was revealed a group of concerned parents had snared suspected paedophiles in Warwickshire by posing as children online.

 

matt.lloyd@trinitymirror.com