It’s National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day on Saturday 18 March. To mark the day CGL services up and down the country have planned events and activities to raise awareness and pledge their support of tackling CSE.
The 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.
Identification and early intervention of CSE is absolutely crucial. By raising awareness, talking about how to identify the signs of CSE, and working together we can help end and prevent children and young people from ever experiencing this life impacting trauma.
A simple way to support the day is to join the thunder clap. A Thunder Clap is when several social media accounts post about the same thing at the same time to get the topic trending.
Click here to sign up.
Another way you can also show your support for the day is writing your own personal pledge on your hand as part of the Helping Hands campaign. You can also post this on social media with the hashtags #HelpingHands and #CSEDay2017.
For more information about the day and the national campaign visit the Stop CSE website.
National working group
CGL are proud to be gold members of the National Working Group which is a network of over 12,000 professionals working together to tackle child sexual exploitation.
This is only a small part of our work on CSE. In the coming weeks we will be launching a toolkit to support services to increase their knowledge and understanding of these sensitive issues.