Grooming Gangs

MQT on 2018-05-17
Session date: 
May 17, 2018
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps are you taking to tackle Rotherham and Telford-style grooming gangs in London?


Answer for Grooming Gangs

Answer for Grooming Gangs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In my Police and Crime Plan, one of my core priorities is to reduce the crimes that cause most harm to children and young people including those who prey on children, either by offending against them or by grooming and exploiting them to engage in criminal behaviour.

My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) has therefore commissioned support for young people being exploited by gangs; whether criminally or sexually. MOPAC funds Safer London to deliver its Empower service for those who have experienced sexual exploitation and London Gang Exit for those being exploited by gangs.

MOPAC is also working with the Met regarding the policing response. The Met and partners are actively seeking and analysing intelligence and information across all manifestations of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to build the best possible understanding of CSE in London. This information is gathered by frontline officers, social workers and third sector agencies and is shared through borough Multi-Agency (MASE) meetings and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH). The Met also conduct daily intelligence scanning, fortnightly operational review and monthly tasking meetings where emerging themes and trends are standing agenda items and periodically produce intelligence profiles on CSE to ensure that emerging patterns are fully analysed.  This has been scrutinised by my DMPC via her oversight group.