Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford joins abuse survivor in calling for child criminal and sexual exploitation commissioner

The Rother Valley MP and an abuse survivor have teamed up to call for a new child criminal and sexual exploitation commissioner, in a bid to protect children at risk of exploitation across the country.

By Danielle Andrews, Local Democracy Reporter
Saturday, 4th September 2021, 7:00 am

Rotherham child abuse survivor and whistle-blower Sammy Woodhouse, alongside MP Alexander Stafford have called on the government to appoint a new commissioner, who will address child abuse of a sexual, physical, and mental nature, tackling criminal exploitation, trafficking, and modern slavery and forced labour.

Mr Stafford said that the commissioner will be tasked with “encouraging good practice in preventing child exploitation; identifying survivors and perpetrators; and improving the protection and provision of support to children affected by exploitation.”

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The commissioner will have the power to publish reports and lay them before Parliament, and public bodies and Ministers will be under a duty to cooperate with the commissioner.

“We have a duty to act to protect our young people and to provide a coordinated and fair system to deal with victims of child abuse,” added Mr Stafford.

“Accordingly, Sammy and I call on the Government to back our campaign to stand up for the most vulnerable children in our society and to strike a blow against those depraved criminals who seek to do them harm.”

To support the campaign for a child criminal and sexual exploitation commissioner, email [email protected] .