Recognising our unsung heroes

Published: 16 March 2017

Slough has received two Working Together Award nominations in the NWG Network’s national Unsung Hero Awards.

The NWG is the only UK network made up of more than 13,000 practitioners tackling child sexual exploitation and trafficking.

The awards recognise and reward individuals or teams who have made significant, ongoing contributions to tackling child sexual exploitation, either through direct interactions with young people, their support staff within teams or projects, or their contributions to an innovative method of working.

The first nomination recognises our Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) licensing splinter group made up of representatives from Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police.

The group works together to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation within licensed premises such as taxi firms and ranks, hotels, B&Bs and local restaurants.

Further recognition is being given to two of the council’s Young People’s Service youth workers for their work on project Engage, helping young people who are at risk or directly involved in child sexual exploitation.

Councillor Sabia Hussain, commissioner for children’s services, said: “To be shortlisted against national projects is a great achievement and recognises the hard work and dedication our council puts into tackling child sexual exploitation and protecting vulnerable people within our community.

“We are committed to the fight against child sexual exploitation and by equipping as many people as we can with the skills they need to spot the warning signs, we can take steps towards eradicating it.”

Superintendent Gavin Wong, Slough police, added: “It is a great accomplishment to be shortlisted and recognised for the hard work and commitment of the multi-agency approach in tackling child sexual exploitation.

“Thames Valley Police are committed to working together with other agencies to tackle terrible crimes, like CSE that have destructive consequences for victims, their families, and society.

“CSE remains a top priority for Thames Valley Police and the Force is committed to the fight against the abuse of children.”

The Unsung Hero Awards take place on Tuesday 21 March at the NWG 4th Annual Conference in Nottingham.