A new partnership has been launched to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Aberdeen
Police Scotland and Barnardo’s Scotland have developed a pilot programme set to run for two years in the city.
Funded by the charity, police and Comic Relief the aim is to reach, protect and support children and young people at risk of exploitation.
The official launch of the programme happened today at the North-east Divisional Headquarters.
Peter Nield, assistant director at Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “Having CSE Advisors co-located within Police Divisions, and embedded within local child protection arrangements, will help ensure that the right systems and supports are in place which identify and respond to child sexual exploitation and improve outcomes for vulnerable and at risk children and young people.”
Andy Cowie, assistant chief constable, added: “Working with Barnardo’s, we hope to improve the identification of children who may be at risk of CSE.”