Lancashire’s backing for new sex crime helpline

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Lancashire County Council’s health and wellbeing chief has backed a new national helpline that supports the victims of child sexual exploitation.

Young people can call or text the free ‘Say Something’ helpline on 116000 and speak with trained and experienced staff and volunteers in confidence 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. They will also have the chance to share their information with the police.

The helpline is operated by the charity Missing People, together with the National Working Group Network , and is funded by the Department of Education.

County Coun Azhar Ali from LCC said: “This helpline is hugely important and I’m delighted to be able to support it. It will provide non-judgmental advice, as well as putting young people in touch with services that can help them, in addition to the police.”