A Rotherham MP who has been lobbying Government for action to tackle child abuse has written a fresh letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.
In the letter, MP Sarah Champion has asked Mr Cameron what progress the Government has made in protecting victims of child sexual exploitation.
Sarah asks for further details on certain provisions which have been outlined by the Government in recent months.
They include giving greater opportunities to victims and witnesses to give evidence outside court and rolling out pre-trial cross examination for child victims.
Sarah also addresses the Prime Minister’s commitment to publicly funded advocates having specialist victim training and asks that this includes strong focus on dealing with child victims specifically.
Discussing her letter to the Prime Minister, Sarah said: “As Member of Parliament for Rotherham I feel it’s incredibly important that I know exactly what the Government’s plans and developments are in the fight against child sexual exploitation. I made a promise in my election campaign that I would do all I can to tackle this horrific crime and this letter to the Prime Minister is just part of that promise.
“I’m obviously very pleased that the Government have recognised how much of a danger child sexual exploitation is and started to make commitments to eradicate it. However, it’s my job to continue pushing to make sure these commitments become actions. I’ve spoken to the Prime Minister a number of times on this issue and I won’t rest until we have the very best protection and support in place.
“In the letter I’ve also proposed a national awareness campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. I want a culture where adults are aware of the signs of the crime, along with lessons in schools for children on healthy relationships and how to say ‘no’. Recent figures from the NSPCC show that child abuse numbers have seen a big rise, it’s vital that we get these figures down as soon as possible. We need to tackle this, and tackle it now.”