Bondholder Safe and Sound has appointed a former senior police officer to head up the local charity which is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people who are victims or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Tracy Harrison is the new Chief Executive of the well-respected charity which also raises awareness in local communities about the dangers and signs of grooming and exploitation of young people.
Mrs Harrison’s remit is to expand and develop the scope of the charity’s work to support more young people, their families and local communities across the county and region.
Mrs Harrison recently retired from Derbyshire Constabulary after a 32-year career with the Force. During that time she progressed from Constable to the rank of Superintendent.
As well as leading a number of high profile investigations and receiving several awards including four Chief Constable’s commendations for bravery, outstanding charitable work, leading and coaching people, she was also the Force’s lead on children and young people working in partnership across the county to improve the lives of children and young people, particularly those most vulnerable in local communities.
Mrs Harrison said: “I have been involved with Safe and Sound since it was founded in 2002 and would like to take the opportunity to thank those involved with the charity thus far. There have been some incredible achievements that I would like to build on.
“I am therefore delighted and honoured that the next chapter in my working life will be to further develop the vital work that Safe and Sound do to support and protect children and young people from the devastating and manipulative damage that sexual exploitation has on their lives.”
Mrs Harrison continued: “CSE is a complex issue and a major factor in many of the crimes affecting young people from online grooming to County Lines.
“Our role as a specialist charity is to help these young people to come to terms with their experiences and move on with their lives.”
“We have an exciting new vision for Safe and Sound and will be announcing this and how people can better support our work in the coming weeks.”
Safe and Sound Chair Catherine Arkley welcomed Mrs Harrison’s appointment at this crucial time for the charity.
“Tracy has proven herself to be a compassionate and inspirational leader during her illustrious career in the Police Force and her experience and expertise around CSE will be vital in taking Safe and Sound to the next level.
“CSE continues to be an issue that affects the lives of far too many children and young people.
“Under Tracy’s leadership I am confident that we will be in an even stronger position to transform many more young lives and give them the help and support that they so desperately need.”