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Working alongside authorities to spot signs of child exploitation

Published on 02/12/14

In the last week or so you are likely to have noticed the widespread media coverage of a police investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Bristol.

In the last week or so you are likely to have noticed the widespread media coverage of a police investigation into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Bristol.

Known as Operation Brooke, this has been an ongoing investigation, the top priority of which is to safeguard children and those at risk of sexual exploitation.

The investigation has been running for over a year and has involved multiple agencies including the police, Bristol City Council, Barnardo’s, the Crown Prosecution Service and local health services.

Together with other Bristol secondary schools, we have been working closely with all these agencies as necessary to ensure we are identifying all potential opportunities to share information and increase our ability to spot the tell-tale signs of exploitation. This includes learning from other recent child exploitation cases elsewhere in the country.

Sexual exploitation is an abhorrent crime and we are committed to working with others to tackle it in all its forms. We know that it can happen anywhere and it is not limited to any social, religious or racial group, nor any nationality or gender. For this reason we hope these events will not impact on the city’s largely tolerant and respectful approach to working across communities.