Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day – 18th March

The CSCB supports the National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day on 18 March.  This 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.

Child Sexual Exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet sites or phone apps. Sometimes these images can then be used to exploit and coerce the young person into behaviours they don’t want to do.  There is a lot of help and advice available to parents/carers and young people about how to prevent this from happening and what to do if it does.

We want to increase parents/carers awareness of online behaviours and help understand how children and young people use the internet, social networking, gaming sites and apps. In particular we want to

  • raise the awareness of the risks around online child sexual exploitation (grooming, sexting, use of webcams etc),
  • help and enable parents to talk to children/young people about what they do online and
  • help increase parents confidence around understanding what different apps and social networking sites do, use of privacy settings and mobile networks.

Risks children and young people face online are far less the benefits they gain from use of the internet. However there are some risks and we are looking to help parents/carers increase their knowledge on how they can support children in their care use the internet safely.

For further help and advice visit:

NSPCC Share Aware: offers lots of information about how to help children in your care stay safe online, explanations of different mobile apps, social networking sites and more.

Net Aware: developed with the NSPCC and Mumsnet, it offers a simple guide on the different apps and sites used by children and young people.

Barnardo’s  Spot the Signs:  Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe. Barnardo’s has published the set of advice leaflets, available to download below for parents, professionals and young people across the UK.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Think U Know: CEOP is a police led, child protection agency which specialises in tackling sexual abuse on and offline. Through its education programme, Thinkuknow, CEOP offers a range of safety information for children, young people, practitioners and parents/carers. For more information visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) is an organisation that offers support to parents/carers affected by Child Sexual Exploitation. PACE offers parents and carers access to an on-going and long term free telephone based support and information via a specialist team of National Parent Support Workers. Parents can be referred to PACE via the police, social services, third sector organisations and self-referral.

NSPCC
NHS South London
Met Police
NHS Croydon Health Services
NHS Croydon Clinical
Safer London