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Andrew visits Kingfisher Centre

ADS_HEADSHOT_1.jpgLocal MPs Andrew Smith and Nicola Blackwood visited the recently formed Kingfisher Centre.

The Kingfisher Centre is a special unit set up by local authorities, the police and health services to investigate child sexual exploitation. 

Oxfordshire County Council has put aside £620,000 for the project and the Thames Valley Police has pledged £500,000 to run the centre, which is based at Cowley Police Station.

During the visit Andrew and Nicola talked with Penny Browne, Children's Social Care Area Manager, Sue Evans, the Kingfisher Team Manager and Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bird, before taking a tour of the offices and meeting the team to discuss progress since their launch in November this year. The team is working on the identification of potential perpetrators, victim awareness and general education about child sexual exploitation. Additional police and social workers have been made available to respond to concerns around child sexual exploitation and to ensure that community services work together to ensure that it continues to be tackled in Oxfordshire.

Andrew said: "It is vitally important that all possible steps are taken both to combat this appalling crime and to bring those responsible to justice. Children everywhere, and their parents, also need to know that there is someone they can safely talk with if they have been the victim of exploitative approaches or behaviour."

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