The Charity, The National Working Group Network is asking people and communities to unite against child sexual exploitation for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day, today, Sunday 18 March.

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 child sexual exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse PLUS (Not and) adopt a zero tolerance approach to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.

The Derby Safeguarding Children Board is supporting this campaign and Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and Safeguarding commented:

“As a Council we are committed to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in all its forms and protecting children and young people in the city. I would encourage everyone to learn how to spot the indicators and report any concerns they have about a child or young person to our Safeguarding Children board.”

How you can get involved

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day has a dedicated website with educational tools and downloadable posters on CSE.

You can also show your support by writing a personal pledge and posting to your own social media account with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help raise awareness of CSE.

Derby Safeguarding Children Board is committed to the fight against child sexual exploitation and supporting victims and their families.  Please help us to keep children and young people safe by reporting your concerns and supporting the CSE Awareness Day.   Visit the Derby Safeguarding Board website for further information about CSE.

Referrals can be made to:

  • Police: 999 For emergencies or 101 For non-emergencies
  • Social Care: 01332 641172 (First Contact Team)
  • Safe and Sound: 01332 362120