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Brighton Journal | July 17, 2019

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563 Brighton taxi drivers help to prevent the exploitation of children

563 Brighton taxi drivers help to prevent the exploitation of children
Hannah Midgley

The council has been training taxi drivers so that they are aware about the signs of child sexual expoitation and child criminal exploitation.

562 taxi drivers in Brighton and Hove attended training voluntarily over a two day period. Brighton and Hove council worked alongside these drivers, and the community organisation YMCA Downslink Group, to create the content for the CSE training course.

“The eyes and ears of our city”

The Chair of the council’s Licensing Committee, Councillor Jackie O’Quinn, explains that taxi drivers are in an important position to identify and act upon the signs of exploitation and protect the most vulnerable people in our city.

“Taxi drivers are the eyes and ears of what is happening within our city. Exploitation can be hard to identify and therefore being aware of the signs and acting upon them early can prevent abuse happening or escalating. This course aims to equip the city’s drivers with the necessary skills so they can spot the signs and act quickly to report them. We are pleased to be able to offer this training for free so that all of the city’s licensed taxi drivers have the opportunity to attend.”

“It’s vital that everyone takes responsibility”

A spokesperson for Brighton and Hove City Council explained:

” Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is a criminal offence and it can happen to any child, young person or vulnerable adult from any background. The process means victims often do not realise that they are being exploited and so it is vital that everyone takes responsibility for identifying people at risk. Reporting can help victims get support and be safeguarded and help bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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