The first national action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation in Wales has been launched by Welsh Labour’s Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford.
The All-Wales National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation provides a comprehensive framework through which the wide range of safeguarding partners will demonstrate co-ordinated and cross-agency action to prevent and protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation.
It set out minimum standards the safeguarding children boards and partner agencies will work collectively and individually towards and build on to:
- Prevent and protect children and young people from sexual exploitation
- Provide responsive, appropriate and consistent support to those identified as being subject to or at risk of child sexual exploitation
- Contribute to the identification and prosecution of perpetrators
The launch of the plan follows appointments to the National Independent Safeguarding Board, which will play an important role in ensuring the right policies and initiatives are in place to safeguard children and adults across Wales. The plan has been produced in partnership with Wales’ police and crime commissioners, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, police forces, the National Offender Management Service in Wales, the Youth Justice Board Cymru, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company, health boards, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, the third sector and local authorities.
The new plan can be found here.