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Children’s minister announces national unit to tackle child exploitation

Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced a new national unit will be established to help improve support for vulnerable children and young people at risk of exploitation.

With £2m of government funding from 2019 through to 2022 the new unit is intended to help local areas to provide the right support for children at risk of exploitation providing local safeguarding agencies with expertise, advice and practical support to help stop child sexual exploitation, trafficking, modern slavery and other attempts by criminals to take advantage of vulnerable children.

 Mr Zahawi said: "Exploitation of children in any form is an abhorrent crime and it is deeply saddening that vulnerable children and young people are prey to criminals.

"They are often at risk of multiple threats outside of their family lives, such as child sexual exploitation, gangs and county lines, and the new national unit will help local areas protect them from these threats and get the right support so they have the chance to succeed in life."