LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - CSE Awareness Day 18 March 2018

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CSE Awareness Day - 18 March 2018

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The fourth National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is taking place this Sunday, 18th March 2017.  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. 

What is CSE?

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. Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl from any background.

You can read the full LSCB CSE Procedure here

What do Children and young people tell us about CSE?

We spoke to a Cumbrian young person and this is what they told us

“Consent is important and there is a really good video about tea you can watch. I’ve shown some of my friends it and explained it to them”

To watch the tea and consent video click here

“On Facebook and Snapchat you need your privacy settings on. I now block and delete anyone I don’t know. I’d tell people to only add someone you know and never post revealing photos.”

NSPCC Net Aware is a useful tool for professionals and parents, it offers practical support on privacy settings, parental controls and more

“Be careful who you are friends with, I think older people want something more, it’s not right, they could be grooming you.”

How can you show your support?

Nationally NWG are holding a Thunderclap event on 18th March.  Professionals can sign up here to show their support.

Write and share a pledge - Help raise awareness on the day by writing a personal pledge on your hand to show your support, posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands. 

Download and share the DfE animated GIFs from their ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign. You can download these here.

What is Cumbria LSCB doing?

To help highlight CSE in Cumbria we're working with partners including Cumbria Police, Cumbria County Council Children's Services, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust, NSPCC and Barnardos to hold a Facebook chat from Wednesday 21 -  Friday 23 March, professional will answer questions over the course of the week and will be ‘live’ on Facebook 6-8pm on Friday 23 March.

Join the chat and ask your questions about Child Sexual Exploitation - whether you're a young person who is concerned about a friend, or a parent who wants to be able to spot the signs of CSE.

During the event there will also be a link to ask questions anonymously.

Click here to join the chat

More information

If you’re a child or young person and would like more information then visit this page on our website

If you’re a parent and would like more information then visit this page on our website

If you’re a professional and would like more information then visit this page on our website