To mark Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day this Sunday (18th March) the Essex, Southend and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards, in partnership with Essex Police, are re-launching the I Didn’t Know campaign, this year focusing on online safety awareness and youth-produced sexual imagery. A week-long social media campaign will follow the awareness day, targeting both parents and carers and children.
Online abuse is present in over 60% of all cases of child sexual exploitation investigated by Essex Police, making the need for online safety education a priority. The campaign will target parents and carers as research shows they are unaware of the dangers of social media, and the privacy settings available on social media apps. Additionally, children and young people aged 8-13 years old will be targeted as this is a crucial age where mobile phones and the internet are often introduced.
Messages will aim to:
Southend Borough Council’s Children’s Social Care team has produced and compiled a number of resources for use in identifying, preventing, and disrupting Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). We are pleased to offer these resources to our partner agency colleagues for their use. Please address any queries about this material to LSCB@southend.gov.uk
Information for Young People
Information for Professionals
Informations for Parents
Assessment and Referral Resources