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Cabbies to be trained to spot grooming.

TAXI drivers in Flintshire will be trained to spot the warning signs that children might be being groomed or sexually exploited.

The council is to bring in mandatory training for licensed cab drivers, who will often come into contact with vulnerable young people.

The move comes in the wake of the findings of an inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which raised concerns about safeguarding issues around young people and taxis. It found cabs were used to move children around the town and to other towns and cities for them to be abused.

In Flintshire, the council hopes that by giving cabbies 'safeguarding awareness training', it will mean they will be able to spot the signs of abuse and report suspect behaviour.

In a report to go before the council, chief planning and environment officer Andrew Farrow said: "The licensing section wishes to strengthen safeguarding practice and raise awareness and standards by providing the private hire and hackney carriage trade with the information and skills to know their responsibilities and what course of action to take if they have concerns about the safety or welfare of an individual."

Mr Farrow added: "It is felt that this proposal will increase and raise awareness of safeguarding children and vulnerable people across the private hire and hackney carriage trade, and will provide drivers and operators with the means to report any suspect behaviour."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Oct 10, 2017
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