Peer Learning Visit: Modern slavery linked to Child Criminal Exploitation
The growth in human trafficking and modern slavery is affecting all forces across the country. In Merseyside Police the issue is being linked to child criminal exploitation as well as the more recognised areas of prostitution and forced labour. Merseyside Police recognise that whilst they are making progress, there are opportunities to improve by working with other forces and sharing experiences and ideas. This PLV offers such an opportunity.
The event will be opened by Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke and include presentations by specialists in this field, Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, Detective Superintendent Dave Brunskill and DCI Cheryl Rhodes. The main programme will involve Merseyside Police presenting a case study of a 14 year old boy who is being exploited by criminal gangs who have him dealing drugs in another part of the country. Following the case study, visitors will split into workshop groups and focus on how to tackle the particular challenges of such a scenario before sharing their findings and probing the merits of differing approaches, as well as the underlying service and ethical dilemmas of work in this area. The Force can host a maximum of 30 visitors.