Stop Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day – 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 – on 18 March – 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.

Write and share a pledge

On the 15 March, members of the LSCB’s Steering Group will be making their pledge to encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse. Why don’t you write a personal pledge on your hands (or use this CSE Hand Template) to show support for the Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay18 and tag @EastSussexLSCB to help us raise awareness of CSE.

Boys and Young Men Campaign

It is believed that 1 in 3 victims of child sexual exploitation is male, yet only 1 in 10 victims known to support services is a boy. This is not something that only happens to girls. YMCA WiSE Project recently launched a campaign – including a number of short videos – to ensure everyone knows how to spot and how to respond to anyone who may be at risk of or experiencing exploitation, and to ensure that boys and young men know they are not alone and there is support for them.

Local Resources

Look on our Child Exploitation page for more information about local procedures and resources. This includes details of the East Sussex Child Sexual Exploitation Multi-Agency Operational Instructions and Practice Guidance 2016.