The National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day is a campaign held annually on 18 March which aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE – encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.
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 in exchange for things such as money, gifts, accommodation, affection or status.
The manipulation or ‘grooming’ process involves befriending children, gaining their trust, and often supplying them with drugs and alcohol, sometimes over a long period of time.
What are the signs?
• Unexplained injuries e.g. bruising
• Regularly using drugs or drinking alcohol
• Mood swings, aggression towards others
• Truancy or a drop in performance at school
• Self-harm – e.g. cutting or eating disorders
• Change in appearance, or borrowing clothes from others
• Always tired
• Unexplained relationships with older people
• Staying out late, not returning home
• They have unexplained gifts, expensive clothes, mobile phones
• Unexplained money, frequently taking part in activities requiring money
• Unknown vehicles dropping them off or picking them up
• Unknown friends on their social media sites
• Secretive phone calls and internet use
For more information about the signs of child exploitation and for help and support, visit www.knowandsee.co.uk
— NWP ONYX Team (@NwpOnyxTeam) March 18, 2019
Awareness Event Deeside
An awareness event will take place between 10am and 2pm today at Coleg Cambria in Deeside.
Numerous agency stalls with information regarding their services and advice as well as an informative drop–in sessions.
The Event is open to the Whole Community including Young People, Parents/Carers & Professionals.
For more information, please contact Wendy Faulkner firstname.lastname@example.org or 01352 701029
Services & helplines
If you suspect someone is carrying out CSE, that someone is being exploited, or that you have been a victim yourself, please report it to any of the authorities or the police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.