In a parliamentary speech, Children’s Minister Edward Timpson, emphasised the government’s commitment to the national Centre of Expertise in tackling child abuse.
First announced as part of the child sexual exploitation (CSE) action plan in March this year, the Centre is expected to involve a much broader selection of government organisations to tackle CSE.
Exact funding will be announced at the spending review in the autumn. It is understood that much of the funding will be used, in Timpson’s words, to “garner knowledge from parts of the country where all professionals are striving to do their best for children and young people”.
He said it will not just help the government to make decisions around tackling CSE, but will also support and improve practice by social workers, the police, the NHS, youth workers, schools, and early years settings.