Rotherham CSE Survivor Speaks at Training for Frontline Police Officers
Two days of training were held at the Northamptonshire Police Headquarters in January for 150 frontline police officers, based around a powerful presentation by CSE survivor, Emma Jackson.
The training, which was part of the current CSE awareness-raising campaign, gave participants the unique opportunity of understanding CSE through the eyes of a victim.
Emma talked about how she was let down by professionals at the time of her abuse in Rotherham and told officers what signs they needed to look out for when they are out on patrol.
She suggested the attitude they should take is to say to themselves: “CSE? Not on my patch.”
As she introduced the training sessions, Detective Chief Inspector Jen Helm from the force’s crime and safeguarding command, said:
We’ve come a long way in our understanding of CSE and poured resources into this area of business at a time of austerity.
A cultural change is underway which you are all a part of - you all need to look harder to spot vulnerability and make sure you have a detailed understanding of the processes to follow when you come across it in the areas you police.
Participants gave formal feedback so that the training could be evaluated. Some of the comments already received demonstrate how useful this training was:
This day was incredibly beneficial for me and two of my team that attended with me. I would like the rest of my team to see this as it would assist them greatly when dealing with their victims.
I am full of admiration for Emma as it wouldn’t have been easy presenting to a group of strangers and disclosing such horrific detail . Can I also ask that the CSE input is rolled out to all officers incorporating “Emma’s” compelling story.
Emma’s presentation was filmed with a view to showing it to a wider police audience through their briefing process.
Another training session is being organised for the autumn, and once again it will be opened up to staff from our partner agencies. More details about the training will be published later this year.
Last updated: 25 February 2016