The joint Haringey Council, Haringey Borough Police and Haringey Local Safeguarding Children’s Board campaign “say something if you see something” calls on the business community to lookout for the warning signs of child sexual exploitation.Why do you feel they need this?
If I recall correctly, it was members of the ‘business community’ (a taxi driver and childminder) who raised the alarm in the notorious Victoria Climbie case, was it not? While those highly paid agents of the state sidestepped, avoided and suppressed the issues?
But this is just another council hastily DOING SOMETHING about a social problem without mentioning, much less targeting, the most likely perpetrators of that problem,,,
Business premises, care homes and those working in leisure and licensed premises will be given information to help them recognise scenarios which should raise concerns and give them advice on what action should be taken if they suspect a child is at risk.
Examples of signs to look out for include young people being picked up and taken to hotels, particularly at odd times of the day and night.So single fathers booking in with their child will get the third degree now? Seriously?
Do you not realise that vastly increasing the noise to signal ratio – all the while you plead ‘lack of resources’ – is a recipe for disaster?
DI Sharon Freeman-Woods of Haringey CID said: "It is essential that not only police and partners, but also the wider community, are alert to the warning signs. CSE is a hidden crime and this initiative will help us raise awareness within a vital group - those who witness all manner of scenarios on a daily basis.”You mean, like police used to do, back when they walked a beat and got to know their neighbourhood?
When they adhered to Peelian principles and expected everyone to obey the law of the land, no matter which identity group they belonged to?