Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board is supporting the national call to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, an initiative developed by the charity National Working Group (NWG) to highlight the issues surrounding CSE, is encouraging everyone to learn the signs and speak out against abuse.
Maggie Blyth, Chair of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Child Sexual Exploitation can affect any child, regardless of their age, gender or background. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to know and recognise the signs and symptoms of CSE within our communities and to report them. We must all be vigilant.
“Ofsted has recognised that we are monitoring this area of work closely, and that agencies in Hampshire are making effective use of the Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment tool to identify risk and to plan responses that meet the individual needs of children.”
CSE is a form of sexual abuse that involves a young person under the age of 18 engaging in sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, affection or gifts.
Anyone concerned about a child or young person can contact Hampshire County Council Children’s Services on 0300 555 1384; in an emergency, contact 999.
More information about signs and symptoms, and copies of advice leaflets, can be found via the CSE awareness web pages from Hampshire County Council or Hampshire Constabulary.
For further information about National CSE Awareness day, visit www.stop-cse.org