Join with us to unite against Child Sexual Exploitation
Sunday 18 March 2018 is National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day, which aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE and encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.
Simply put, child sexual exploitation involves a young person under the age of 18 being manipulated, forced or coerced into taking part in a sexual act in exchange for something. It can be hard to know the signs and to know what to do, so we’ve provided a list of things to look out for below. Please share this article on your own social media accounts to spread the word.
We’re also holding a CSE in Kirklees event on Thursday 15 March which is open to anyone who’s interested in coming along, more details below the list.
Spot the Signs
CSE can happen to any child or young person of any gender, from any background. It doesn’t just happen to older children, and it can start really easily. Here are some things to look out for if you’re worried about someone;
- Experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol
- Having increased health/sexual health related problems
- Older ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ or relationship with a controlling adult
- Having money, mobile phones, sim cards, credit, clothes or other items without plausible explanation and not given by parents/carers
- Volatile/criminal behaviour
- Getting into cars with unknown adults
- Regularly coming coming home late or going missing overnight or longer
- ‘Sexting’ (sending sexually explicit messages/photographs, generally via mobile)
- Being secretive or withdrawn
- Becoming disruptive at home or school or using offensive language
“We all play a role in keeping people safe, and it’s important for everyone to know the signs with regards to Child Sexual Exploitation. National CSE Awareness Day is a good opportunity for everyone to unite against this terrible crime and share information, good practice and increase awareness in Kirklees, West Yorkshire and indeed nationally. As a Safeguarding Children Board in Kirklees we will continue to work proactively with the Adults Board and Community Safety Partnership to help safeguard children, young people and young adults.”
Sheila Lock, Independent Chair of the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board.
What to do if you are worried about a child
If you think a child in Kirklees is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being you should call and speak to someone at one of the following numbers:
- Duty & Advice team
- Kirklees Emergency Duty Service
01484 414933 (outside office hours)
More information on the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) website.
We’re holding an event on Thursday 15 March for staff, partners and families. The ‘Unite against child sexual exploitation day’ event is at 3:30 – 5:30pm at Central Stars Charity Youth Club, Prospect St, Huddersfield HD1 2NX and all are welcome. There’s no need to book and you can drop in at any point during the event. Those attending include:
- The Base (drugs and alcohol support for young people)
- K9 Dog project (therapeutic services)
- CSE and Missing Team
- Safer communities
- Police – (who work with vulnerable young people who are at risk of exploitation including criminality and CSE)
- Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB)