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National Child Sexual Exploitation Day- Saturday 18th March 2017

March 13, 2017 at 11:29 PM

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 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. It is unacceptable that any child who confides in someone could be ignored.

Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent CSE. Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey continue to work in partnership with the States of Jersey Police, and for the month of March will be delivering age appropriate and tailored lessons in line with PSHE to every secondary school, in order to create awareness amongst young people on how they can stay safe and signpost them to professionally qualified support if they have any concerns.

Lesley Harrison, Chairman Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey said: “Identification and early intervention of CSE is crucial. By raising awareness on how to identify the signs and by working together as a group of professionals who care, we can all play our part in this and work towards preventing as many children and young people as possible experiencing CSE. Sexual exploitation of children and young people is never acceptable. It is everyone’s responsibility to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. It is essential that we respond by offering children and young people high quality safety education that will help keep them safe, and help them find a voice.”

Detective Inspector Mark Hafey, States of Jersey Police Public Protection Unit said: “Jersey is an amazing place to live with relatively low levels of crime, but we must never become complacent or naïve to the fact that appalling crimes can still happen here. Whilst reported incidents of CSE are low in Jersey, there is increasing evidence that young people are on occasion being exposed to CSE – we therefore need to avoid complacency. Because of that we want to play our part in the National CSE Awareness Day so people in Jersey know what it is, the signs to look out for and how they can help.”

Background: National Charity NWG Network asks all to unite against child sexual exploitation for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day – 18th March 2017. Working with over 11,000 professionals across the UK to help prevent and raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, NWG Network continue to leverage the strength of that network in order to tackle the problem head on.

For more information on National CSE Day and CSE Guidance in general.