Police in Tayside will be focussing on tackling child abuse, including child sexual exploitation, after it was identified as one of the top priorities by the public in the Your View Counts survey.
The efforts of the force locally tie in with the national public information campaign to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation, which was was launched this week.
Local Detective Inspector Graham Binnie said: “Sexual exploitation is happening to girls and boys of all ages. Sexual predators may groom, coerce, intimidate or use violent acts to get what they want.
“Any child or young person regardless of gender, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation may experience this form of child abuse.
“Young people may be offered gifts, food, drugs, alcohol or affection in return for engaging in sexual acts.
“Our warning to sexual predators is that we know how you operate, we know where you operate and we are aware of the methods that you use to exploit young people.
“In Tayside, we work with a number of partners including social work, health and education, Barnardo’s and Shelter Scotland. We share information and are focused on preventing children from becoming victims.
“We have been involved in a number of events to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation so that everyone can recognise the warning signs.
“If you have any concerns for yourself, your friends or family, or if you know someone who is exploiting a child or if you witness any concerning behaviour, tell us – we will listen, we will provide you with advice and support and we will take action.”
Anyone with information should call 101, or if you want to provide information anonymously, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For valuable information on spotting the signs of Child Sexual Expoitation, visit www.csethesigns.scot. Police Scotland has further information at www.scotland.police.uk/child-sexual-exploitation.
The Scottish Government’s National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation can be found at www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00497283.pdf