National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day


On March 18, we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

KNOW THE SIGNS

There are no stereotypical victims of CSE, male and females can be a victim of CSE, but the below warning signs are indications that a child may be being exploited:

  • Regularly missing from home or school and staying out all night
  • Change in behaviour – becoming aggressive and disruptive or quiet and withdraw
  • Change in physical appearance – new clothes/hair style/more make up as well as cuts and bruising
  • Unexplained gifts or new possessions such as clothes, jewellery, mobile phones or money that can’t be accounted for
  • Increase in mobile phone use or secretive use
  • A significantly older ‘boyfriend’ or ‘friend’ or lots of new friends
  • Spending excessive amounts of time online or on their mobile and becoming increasingly secretive about this activity
  • Sudden involvement in criminal behaviour or increased offending
  • Sexual health problems, repeat sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy or terminations

CSE Myths Buster

CSE can affect young people and families from all kinds backgrounds regardless of social class, ethnicity or location – it is not just something that happens in small communities or in Greater Manchester or Yorkshire

CSE does not just affect young girls, boys can be subject to abuse too

CSE offenders are not from one particular ethnic group - CSE shows no race bounds.

Technologies such as mobile phones and the internet mean that grooming may occur without the child’s permission or without the child even recognising that they are being exploited; for example through being persuaded to post sexual images over the internet or through mobile phone images.

For more information, visit:

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

http://paceuk.info/for-parents/advice-centre/

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