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'Missing Children: Who Cares?' Report praises Northamptonshire

The report 'Missing Children: Who Cares?' has just been published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. It reports on the experiences and outcomes of UK police contact for children who go missing, as well as research on understanding missing children and the links with child sexual exploitation. 

Report praises Northamptonshire for raising awareness of CSE 

The report noted the following:

In Northamptonshire an awareness-raising campaign via social media, billboard advertising, digital audio advertising, a conference and an online toolkit for agencies resulted in a 50 percent increase in CSE referrals to the force’s specialist CSE team from frontline staff across the force area.

The full report can be downloaded from the Justice Inspectorate's website: Download the full report (PDF)


Recent convictions, investigations and ongoing awareness raising from the RISE Team (Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation)

The RISE Team are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a 17-year-old girl who has been the most frequent missing person in the county in the last two months. A detailed Risk Management Plan has been implemented which all agencies have contributed to.

Recent RISE successes include the sentencing of 43-year-old Steven Kightley from Corby, who has been jailed for 4 years and 4 months for sexual activity with a child under 16, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and two counts of child abduction. The case illustrates the complexity of these investigations and bears all the hallmarks of typical CSE. It dates back to May 2014 when Kightley contacted the school of his then 13-year-old victim purporting to be her father, in order to abduct her. (The school in question has recently changed its processes). The victim refuted anything sexual had taken place until several months later when, following engagement work, she felt able to provide an evidential account. This led to Kightley changing his plea to guilty.

The on-line branch of the team have also had several recent successes, the most noteworthy being the guilty plea lodged by 53-year-old Stephen Coleclough from Towcester. He pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images and making and distributing abusive images of children and will be sentenced in April. The case has received considerable media interest due to Coleclough’s high profile as a tax lawyer.

A rolling programme of CSE awareness-raising is ongoing. Members of the RISE team have been out and about in schools, conducting media interviews with Radio Northampton and BBC Look East and completing training for 20 health staff at NGH. Two groups of elected council members at the Guildhall have received CSE training as have staff at a care home in Corby.

Contact the RISE Team: 

Call 01604 888345 or email rise@northants.pnn.police.uk 

RISE stands for Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation.

Last updated: 24 March 2016

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