Walsall residents warn children of sexual predators
A group in Walsall which has educated thousands of school children
about the dangers of sexual exploitation and other
has been shortlisted for an
award by the West
Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
iMatter Walsall, which formed last October, has so far educated 6000 youngsters about hidden crimes such
as trafficking, child sexual exploitation, grooming and domestic violence.
David Jamieson has shortlisted iMatter Walsall for this year's
The initiative is run by the people of Walsall, for
the people of Walsall and has received funding from
One Palfrey Big Local - a residents group based in the
The scheme hasn't just been targeting
children though. iMatter Walsall has also
been to Manor Hospital and spoken with more than 350 staff to
raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
The woman behind the scheme
is Imrana Niazi. She volunteers 25 hours every week and considers it her goal
to sign-post victims to the authorities so they can
Commenting on the shortlisting
of iMatter Walsall by the PCC, Imrana Niazi said: "When I received the letter
that I'd been shortlisted for an award I couldn't believe
"I've spent hundreds of hours working on this
the children in Walsall just that little
"If one child is rescued from a
terrible situation then all this will have
been worthwhile. It is lovely to have your efforts
Whilst the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David
Jamieson, said: "This scheme has achieved some fantastic things and
it has only been up and running since last October.
"To have already educated
six thousand youngsters is quite
"I'd like to personally
offer my thanks
to Imrana. The work she is doing is helping
the police keep young people in Walsall safe."