National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day #HelpingHands #StopCSE
Today we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation.
Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help us raise awareness of CSE.
Today’s national campaign involves thousands of school children, professionals, teachers, parents, carers, taxi drivers, sports coaches and youth leaders in educational work. Throughout the day people from all walks of life are encouraged to think, spot and speak out against this kind of abuse.
Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire.
Something’s Not Right is the acclaimed multi agency child sexual exploitation campaign and continues to raise awareness of CSE and offer support in Warwickshire. The campaign encourages people to think about situations they may see or be involved in on a daily basis and if Something’s Not Right seek professional advice and guidance.
Detective Superintendent Steve Eccleston, from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said: “Together with our partners we are working to inform, educate and prevent child sexual abuse.
“If people know what to look out for they can take steps to help a child that is being exploited. Everyone in society has a responsibility to do all they can to protect vulnerable people.
“CSE can affect young people from all walks of life, there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation but there are warning signs in children’s behaviour that may indicate something’s not right. It is important that everyone can recognise these warning signs and know where to turn to for help so that interventions can be put in place at the earliest opportunity.”
Detective Superintendent Eccleston added: “Research shows that often young people who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation by an adult or peer don’t tell anyone else about it. If a child finds the courage to confide in a person, whoever they may be, they must listen and take the appropriate action.”
For more information visit http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day/
To report concerns about child sexual exploitation call 01926 684490 or 101 (always call 999 in an emergency) or http://warwickshirecse.co.uk/