London Borough of Barnet

Barnet Council backs Barnardo’s ‘Cut Them Free’ campaign

Published Tuesday 13 March 2012

Barnet Council has announced it is backing Barnardo’s efforts to tackle child sexual exploitation.

The council has signed-up to support the charity’s ‘Cut Them Free’ campaign, which aims to reduce the number of children and young people experiencing the horror of child sexual exploitation in Barnet.

Libby Fry, Barnardo’s Assistant Director in London, said: “We know child protection services vary significantly across the country. This means that young people in some areas may not have adequate protection from this horrific form of abuse and may not receive the support they require to exit and recover from exploitative situations.

“To help local authorities, we have produced a checklist so they can assess their own progress in protecting young people from sexual exploitation. I am delighted that Barnet Council has come onboard to support this incredibly important campaign.”

The checklist includes:

Understanding the prevalence of child sexual exploitation in the authority’s area

Providing a strategic response to the problem

Offering clear leadership on how to tackle the problem and work with partners

Raising awareness

Councillor Andrew Harper, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families said:

“I am pleased to be working with Barnardo’s to tackle child sexual exploitation, through the Cut Them Free campaign. This council and its partners have an important role to play in ensuring the necessary measures are in place locally to protect our young people from this vile form of abuse. By sharing its expertise, Barnardo’s will help us examine child protection practice in our area. This will help us identify any additional measures we need to put in place to ensure we are providing an adequate local response to this issue.”

Contact Press Officer: Sue Cocker