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Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation and help young people to keep safe

Hounslow Council is uniting with National Charity NWG to unite against child sexual exploitation

Published: Monday, 18th March 2019

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Pledge your support and know the signs of abuse to help keep all children safe against child sexual exploitation – that’s the call from Hounslow’s Safeguarding Children Board to mark National CSE Awareness day today [Monday 18 March].

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 and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

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.

Each year, NWG use the campaign to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation and encourage everyone in society to tackle the issues of exploitation of children.

This year the charity is introducing a wear red element to the existing Helping Hand messages. Show your support by writing a personal pledge, wearing red and posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay19 to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said: “We are pleased to support this very important campaign in Hounslow. Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any child or young person, both in real life face to face situations and online, with online grooming playing an increasingly large part in exploitation.

“The safeguarding of our children and young people in our borough is everyone’s responsibility, any child can be a victim of sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation no matter what age, culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl.

“It is essential that people stay alert to the signs of child sexual exploitation so that we can all play our part in helping to keep children safe.”

If you’re worried that your child or a child you may know may be exploited by others, either to commit or engage in behaviour which is sexual in nature, please contact peace@hounslow.gov.uk or call 020 8583 6363.

For further information about the PEACE project please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/peaceproject

To find out more about the National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day and to put a stop to CSE, visit www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day

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