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Mendip joins forces with taxi drivers to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

23 November 2017

Mendip District Council is working with local taxi drivers to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and how to spot signs of abuse.

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Following high-profile cases of CSE nationally, most notably in Rotherham but also in the south west, taxi drivers have been identified as a group of people who may pick up early signs of abuse.

To ensure taxi drivers in Mendip are able to spot signs of CSE and know where and how to report it the council will be distributing leaflets and promotional material to drivers, including a guide for drivers of taxi and private hire vehicles labelled 'How to identify and report Child Sexual Exploitation'.

The initiative follows extensive partnership working with Avon and Somerset Police and other district councils in Somerset.

Cllr Nigel Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood and Community Health Services, said: "Child Sexual Exploitation is a national problem so it is only right that this council takes a lead on raising awareness of these abhorrent crimes and how to identify a victim of CSE.

"The Taxi and Private Hire Trade can play a vital role in helping authorities to tackle this issue and protect those who are vulnerable or being exploited.

"Initial discussions with some local taxi drivers have been positive and they are keen to tackle these sickening crimes."

For more information about the initiative, contact Mendip's Licensing team on 0300 303 8588 or email licensing@mendip.gov.uk

Last modified: 23 November 2017