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Leamington Football Club join the fight against people who sexually exploit children

The national league club have teamed up with Warwickshire CSE - a multi agency team involving Warwickshire Police, Barnardo's and Warwickshire County Council, who tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) in the county.

Leamington FC supports #CSE campaign
Leamington FC supports #CSE campaign
 Manager, Paul Holleran and players are backing the Something's Not Right campaign which raises awareness of and highlights the warning signs of child sexual exploitation.

Leamington FC's Chairman, Jim Scott, said: "CSE is a despicable crime against young people and it has to be tackled. Everyone should be made aware of what it is, what the signs are and how to report it so that it can be prevented.

"The club is an integral part of Leamington Spa and the local community, helping to raise awareness of CSE is our way of valuing the young people of this town."

Warwickshire CSE launched the Something's Not Right campaign in 2015 and the multi agency group brings together professionals from the police, council and Barnardo's. The team works with young people who are at risk of child sexual exploitation and have suffered exploitation, supporting them and pursuing criminal investigations where appropriate.

It also campaigns to make the public aware of the signs of child sexual exploitation and engages with local community and provides training to taxi drivers, pubs, bars and hotels as well as sporting establishments such as Leamington FC to help spread the word.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Jones from Warwickshire Police said: "Tackling CSE is a top priority for police and partners and a great deal of work is being done to prevent the exploitation of children in Warwickshire.

"The support of our local football team, Leamington FC, will go a long way to raising awareness of the issues and we welcome and are grateful for their support."

For more information visit www.somethingsnotright.org, follow the team on social media: @WarksCSE (Twitter) warwickshirecse (Facebook) warkscse (Instagram).

Please report anything suspicious to police on 101 (always call 999 in an emergency). If you're worried about the way someone is treating you, or someone else, if something's not right, call or text the Say Something helpline on 116 000 - it's anonymous and free.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Issued: Monday, 19 March 2018  13:40  HB, Corporate Communications

Published 19/03/18