CHILD sexual exploitation experts from Lancashire got together and held a conference for other forces on tackling the issues.

Those attending the conference, including CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and the NPIA (National Police Improvement Agency), heard about dedicated CSE teams in each of the six policing divisions in the county.

The award-winning Engage team was set up after the Lancashire Telegraph’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ campaign.

The campaign highlighted the grooming gangs who are targeting vulnerable children in East Lancashire.

Det Supt Ian Critchley, head of public protection, said: “The force has been held up as an example of best practice in a number of national reports and we wanted to share our experiences with our colleagues from across the coutry.

“The conference has allowed us all to come together to share ideas and solutions to problems that we all face.

“So that we can build on the way in which we deal with child sexual exploitation.”