High levels of child exploitation reports in Waltham Forest

Reports of child sexual exploitation second highest in London

Reports of child sexual exploitation second highest in London

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Reports of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Waltham Forest are among the highest in London, it has emerged.

Up to March this year, the borough had the most referrals in the capital, but has recently fallen into second place. 

Between May 2013 and July 31 this year, there were 17 reports of CSE in Waltham Forest, compared to a London average of eight.

Reports of child sex abuse encompass a whole range of crimes, including receiving something in exchange for sexual activity, child grooming, trafficking, child-forced marriage, pornography, indecent exposure and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Investigations are ongoing on all seventeen reports and in the last twelve months there has been one successful prosecution, which resulted in a three-year prison sentence.

Police have refused to provide details of the case. 

Waltham Forest borough commander Mark Collins said he was not authorised to reveal other boroughs with high levels of CSE reports.

And he claims the reason for the high number of reports is based on a strong partnership with Waltham Forest council.

In the wake of the scandal in Rotherham, where it emerged thousands of children were abused over a long period, a campaign will be launched in Waltham Forest to raise awareness of the issue.

In a joint statement, chief superintendant Collins and council chief executive Martin Esom said: "Waltham Forest is one of three London boroughs leading the way in identifying potential child sexual exploitation cases, thanks to a commitment made by the borough’s police and council to work together to tackle the issue.

"Intense training, led by the Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board with other partners, means our officers and staff are better equipped to recognise the signs of CSE and make a referral where they have any suspicions."

Both the council and police have refused to say whether CSE is a problem affecting a particular section of the community.

For more on this story, see this week's Guardian - out Thursday

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2:29pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mark Collins can get out of anything better than Houdini.

He ha an ability to twist any statistic to suit his purpose.

He could make a Fray Bentos tin full of dog ends seem pretty.
Mark Collins can get out of anything better than Houdini. He ha an ability to twist any statistic to suit his purpose. He could make a Fray Bentos tin full of dog ends seem pretty. Villagecranberry
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8:10pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cynicalsue says...

This is disgusting but no doubt happening in the same communites as recently uncovered. The children should not have to fear telling the authorities, and these dispicable practices needs to be stopped.
This is disgusting but no doubt happening in the same communites as recently uncovered. The children should not have to fear telling the authorities, and these dispicable practices needs to be stopped. cynicalsue
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10:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

cynicalsue wrote:
This is disgusting but no doubt happening in the same communites as recently uncovered. The children should not have to fear telling the authorities, and these dispicable practices needs to be stopped.
Yes they do need to be stopped but the first thing needed is for the police to accept that the problem is rife and to stop going into denial.
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: This is disgusting but no doubt happening in the same communites as recently uncovered. The children should not have to fear telling the authorities, and these dispicable practices needs to be stopped.[/p][/quote]Yes they do need to be stopped but the first thing needed is for the police to accept that the problem is rife and to stop going into denial. Villagecranberry
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12:52am Wed 3 Sep 14

mdj says...

'chief executive Martin Esom said: "Waltham Forest is one of three London boroughs leading the way in identifying potential child sexual exploitation cases..'

One wouldn't have thought that Mr Esom was up to spin of this subtlety, so well done! In his book, the worse the picture, the better it proves that the authorities are aware of the problem!
'chief executive Martin Esom said: "Waltham Forest is one of three London boroughs leading the way in identifying potential child sexual exploitation cases..' One wouldn't have thought that Mr Esom was up to spin of this subtlety, so well done! In his book, the worse the picture, the better it proves that the authorities are aware of the problem! mdj
  • Score: 8

3:16pm Wed 3 Sep 14

The man who fell to Earth. says...

We all know who the problem is but we are all scared to say or do nowt about it without being labelled ourselves as racists, that's why the problem exists and that's how they get away with their crimes. Left wing political correctness has bread the very thing we find so abhorrent.
We all know who the problem is but we are all scared to say or do nowt about it without being labelled ourselves as racists, that's why the problem exists and that's how they get away with their crimes. Left wing political correctness has bread the very thing we find so abhorrent. The man who fell to Earth.
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8:25pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Mr Omneo says...

Where in the article did it mention the ethnic origin of either the abusers or abusees? I ask only because a few of the comments allude to a particular group.

Do we really think anglo-saxons are incapable of abusing children? Just because YOU wouldn't do doesn't mean it isn't done by people 'like' you.
Where in the article did it mention the ethnic origin of either the abusers or abusees? I ask only because a few of the comments allude to a particular group. Do we really think anglo-saxons are incapable of abusing children? Just because YOU wouldn't do doesn't mean it isn't done by people 'like' you. Mr Omneo
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