Parent officer appointed to East Lancashire sex grooming team

EXPERT: Lindsay Dalton

EXPERT: Lindsay Dalton

First published in Keep Them Safe campaign Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PARENTS of children who are being groomed for sexual exploitation are receiving specialist help from the first parent officer in the country.

Lindsay Dalton, from the Coalition for the Removal of Pimping, or CROP, works within the Engage team to specifically target parents.

She said one of the challenges was often getting parents to recognise signs and direct their anger at the groomer rather than their child which causes family breakdowns.

Lindsay, in her parent officer role has worked on 90 cases and currently has 25 active cases where she is offering low to high level support to families.

She revealed she had dealt with one case where parents of a 10-year-old girl were being for exploitation.

Lindsay said: “Just as the children who are being groomed get a distorted perspective the parents do too because they don’t fully understand.

“Their child will say they want to be with the groomer and want to go with them.

“In my role I help parents understand that this turmoil can occur from the child as this that can lead to a family breakdown.

“A lot of parents believe and feel they are to blame for what has happened and we have to prevent this.”

Engage is a multi-agency initiative to safeguard vulnerable youngsters in East Lancashire. It was launched around the time the Lancashire Telegraph’s Keep Them Safe campaign uncovered the problem of gangs of older men grooming girls for sex in 2005.

Voluntary organisation CROP teamed up with Operation Engage team as it works to end the sexual exploitation of children and young people by pimps and traffickers.

Vulnerable parents are helped by the group once a referral has been made to the Engage team.

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Lindsay said: “There are a lot of issues in Blackburn around children being exploited but there was nothing in place for parents in the safeguarding process.

“Sexual exploitation crosses all economic boundaries but a lot of children come from disadvantage backgrounds.

“The group sessions show other parents that sexual exploitation affects all spectrums of classes."

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7:25pm Mon 24 Jan 11

BuckoTheMoose says...

""Lindsay Dalton, from the Coalition for the Removal of Pimping, or CROP,""

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""Lindsay Dalton, from the Coalition for the Removal of Pimping, or CROP,"" Excuse me... Bwahahahahahahahahah ! Eeeee. BuckoTheMoose
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10:09pm Mon 24 Jan 11

bankhall says...

direct their anger at the groomer rather than their child which causes family breakdowns.
who says it's not the kids doing the grooming ????surely they are not all innocent they must be strsange in the first place.
direct their anger at the groomer rather than their child which causes family breakdowns. who says it's not the kids doing the grooming ????surely they are not all innocent they must be strsange in the first place. bankhall
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10:35am Wed 2 Feb 11

wotthe says...

Children need to know the grooming process they need to be taught at an early age the signs and the fate once they fall into the trap,as these perverts use every trrick and con in the book,they groom kids as young as 10 maybe younger then when they have trapped and got them fearing violence towards them and their families they use them to find innocent kids to trap,people do not understand that these kids are from all backgrounds they end up being used and abused by these scumbags,they pick on the young and vulnerable.I think educating kids at an early age is the best policy showing video evidence of how the scumbags work,but mainly not to become freindly with asian or anyone a few years older than themselves,as it is often older girls who start the grooming process by finding young vulnerable girls,as I have said these kids start off innocent they trust people they become what they are because they are threatened and frightened into this sleazy life,it is a sad state of affairs when we have to protect 10 year olds from becoming sexual slaves,but if it has to be we should educate them better so they are prepared and theyn should have someone to confide in if they feel they are being approached,or pressured with older girls or men,education is the best policy for kids,
Children need to know the grooming process they need to be taught at an early age the signs and the fate once they fall into the trap,as these perverts use every trrick and con in the book,they groom kids as young as 10 maybe younger then when they have trapped and got them fearing violence towards them and their families they use them to find innocent kids to trap,people do not understand that these kids are from all backgrounds they end up being used and abused by these scumbags,they pick on the young and vulnerable.I think educating kids at an early age is the best policy showing video evidence of how the scumbags work,but mainly not to become freindly with asian or anyone a few years older than themselves,as it is often older girls who start the grooming process by finding young vulnerable girls,as I have said these kids start off innocent they trust people they become what they are because they are threatened and frightened into this sleazy life,it is a sad state of affairs when we have to protect 10 year olds from becoming sexual slaves,but if it has to be we should educate them better so they are prepared and theyn should have someone to confide in if they feel they are being approached,or pressured with older girls or men,education is the best policy for kids, wotthe
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