Lucy's work on tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Telford, like many other towns across the country, has experienced high rates of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Figures, from the House of Commons Library, show that child sex offences within the Telford & Wrekin local authority stood at a rate of 19.7 cases per 10,000 heads of population in 2016-17. This figure is below other higher-profile places, such as Rotherham and Blackpool, but still around two and a half times the national average.

These sort of crimes have gone on in Telford, and in other towns, for decades, and since my election, in 2015, I have repeatedly called for more action on the issue by:

I also very much welcome the Government's new funding package, worth £13 million, to help victims of abuse, and its plans to improve communications between local authorities and vulnerable people.

This new resource, the "Trusted Relationships Fund", will be open to local authorities, such as Telford and Wrekin, as well as police, nurses and others, in order to help them work with local partners to improve the way professionals, including social workers, youth workers, police and voluntary sector practitioners, work together to support vulnerable young people. 

It’s important to stress, however, that this funding is not a silver bullet.

We still have a long way to go, and I will continue to shine a light on this issue, and push for tougher penalties for perpetrators and improved support for victims, in my role at Parliament.