Introduction of child sexual exploitation awareness training for taxi drivers
From: 22/09/2017 To: 22/10/2017.
In line with other Local Authorities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Harborough District Council is considering the introduction of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness training for existing and new taxi drivers, along with operators currently licensed with Harborough District Council
The publication of the Alexis Jay report into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham, and cases of CSE in Rochdale, Derby and Oxford amongst other locations, has highlighted how important the role of licensed traders are as critical eyes and ears within the community. Taxis have been identified as one of the primary methods employed for the collection of children and young persons from schools and other locations and for trafficking them between towns and destinations where they are then forced to perform sexual acts.
As a Licensing Authority we have a duty to assist the taxi trade and the public in tackling this issue. We have a duty to protect those who are vulnerable and we need the assistance of taxi and private hire drivers and operators to protect those who need our help, and to facilitate the identification of those who commit these offences.
We would like to hear your views on how to introduce Child Sexual Exploitation awareness training for all taxi drivers, private hire drivers and operators as part of the licensing process. The training will help drivers to identify potentially vulnerable children and young people who may be at risk of, or experiencing, sexual exploitation and provide information on signposting to relevant agencies should they have concerns.
The consultation closes on 22 October 2017.