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Rotherham CSE survivor helping Northamptonshire Police protect children from harm

February 22, 2018

Thursday, 22 February 2018.

A child sexual exploitation (CSE) awareness training session for 120 officers has been held at Northamptonshire Police Headquarters.

The highlight of the training was a powerful presentation by CSE survivor and campaigner, Sammy Woodhouse, pictured here. Her input gave participants a unique opportunity to understand CSE through the eyes of a victim.

Sammy talked about how she was let down by professionals at the time of her abuse in Rotherham and told officers what signs they needed to look out for when they are out on patrol and how to speak to children who may be experiencing abuse.

In addition, officers from Special Branch and Serious and Organised Crime gave presentations about radicalisation and gangs and how grooming methods used by perpetrators are similar to exploit vulnerable children and adults.

One officer said:

“Thank you Sammy Woodhouse for sharing your horrific experiences, which made me reflect on being tenacious in building trust and spotting and supporting victims of grooming and radicalisation.”

Detective Inspector Kev Wooldridge, who leads the force’s RISE (Reducing Incidents of Sexual exploitation) team led the training session. He said:

“Tackling CSE is a force priority and it’s essential our frontline officers understand its complexities and that we all do everything we can to protect children from this appalling abuse.

“Sammy’s input will help us achieve this aim.”

Also pictured: Detective Inspector Jon Lloyd of the regional Special Branch team introducing their section of the training.

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