Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
Could you please tell me the following: The names of all task forces or special commissions in the Northumbria Police that are set up to combat child sexual abuse.
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Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Safeguarding Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The Complex Abuse Department (previously Operation Sanctuary) currently deals with Child sexual abuse, modern day slavery and trafficking.
Northumbria Police also chair the Missing Sexual Exploitation, Trafficked (MSET) meeting. This group meets once a month to discuss individual cases of young people. It is an open partnership referral system to allow partners to refer young people in. The group then develops an action plan as a multi-agency response to mitigate risk (this includes criminal exploitation as well as sexual exploitation).