Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, is calling for changes in the law to enable tracking the travel of convicted sex offenders.
Under her Childhood Lost campaign, which has been backed by children’s charities including Barnardo’s, the NSPCC, and Save the Children, the MP has outlined six steps she says will help “protect more victims and prosecute more perpetrators”.
The campaign is asking for six steps to be implemented to help stop child sexual exploitation. These are: -
- Introduce new child sexual abuse prevention orders to give police better powers to prevent sex offenders abusing children.
- Make sure local areas set up the specialist child sexual exploitation centres needed to identify and protect victims.
- Give judges clear guidance on sentencing complex child sexual exploitation cases.
- Reform courts so vulnerable witnesses in child sexual abuse cases are no longer traumatised by giving evidence.
- Give the education secretary the power to order the publication of serious case reviews.
- End the “postcode lottery” of support for victims of child sexual exploitation.
Miss Blackwood said: “As an Oxford MP, I have seen for myself the appalling devastation caused by child sexual exploitation.
“Victims were not only targeted by abusers but also failed by those supposed to protect them. That must end now.
“An ACPO review found that actually the current law is obctructuing police in getting the orders that they need to get in order to proterct children from sexual exploitation.
“I’m proposing to bring in a new child sexual abuse prevention order and this would mean that police simply have to bring evidence to a court, and a court would have to be satisfied that an order is necessary to protect children inside or outside the UK from sexual abuse and then they could put in place an order to do so.”