END OF NIGHTWATCH SCHEME WILL MEAN GAPS IN PROVISION FOR MOST VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE SARAH CHAMPION MP
Sarah Champion MP, Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse and Domestic violence, has urged the Government to extend the provision of the Night-watch service that trains workers how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation, before its pilot runs out in March. Nightwatch, run by Barnardo's and funded by the Department for Education, has provided free training to night workers on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse and exploitation.
However, when the pilot runs out this March there will be a gap in provision whilst the Government decided if it will tender for a new contract.
Sarah Champion said:
It is incredibly short-sighted of the Government to allow the Night Watcher scheme to run out without having proper plans in place for the end of its contract.
I know first-hand from Barnardo's that it has been a huge success and it concerns me that there will be a significant gap in provision that will affect some of society's most vulnerable young people.
The Government should at the very least extend the pilot whilst it tenders for a new contract.
So far, 5,000 people have been trained, including doctors, nurses, police, fire service, hotel and bar workers, taxi drivers, licensing officials, and other people who work after dark.
People have been trained in Plymouth, Rotherham, Buckinghamshire, Manchester, Sheffield, Yorkshire, Bristol, Sussex, London, Birmingham, Leeds and Middlesbrough.