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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:

  • Highlight the risks to children from online threats.
  • Provide tips to parents on what they can do to help keep their child safe online. 
  • Provide advice to parents on what to do if they have concerns.
  • Support children to use their mobiles and other devices safely, responsibly and positively.  
  • Provide advice to children on what to do if they are worried about something they have seen or been asked to do online.
Liz Chidgey, Independent Chair, Southend Safeguarding Children Board said “Please get involved with the campaign on social media using the hashtag #KnowAboutCSE and help raise awareness of the risks to children from online threats and what parents and children can do if they are concerned.”

Advice, support and resources can be found at 

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

Information for Young People

Information for Professionals 

Informations for Parents

Assessment and Referral Resources

Raising Awareness

Useful Links

In an emergency
call 999

To report a non-urgent incident or crime to the Police
call 101

If you have concerns about a child, call Southend's First Contact Team
01702 534495

If you have concerns about an adult, call Southend's Access Team
01702 215008 option 1

To report concerns outside of office hours, call Essex's Duty Team on
0845 606 1212