Did you know, today is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day?
The event aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse. A zero tolerance attitude towards adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children, should be adopted.
The government has recently issued a statutory definition of Child Sexual Exploitation:
‘Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.’
It is important to be able to spot the signs of CSE and to know how and where to report it, should you be concerned that a child or young person may be experiencing abuse.
To raise awareness for National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, you can write a personal pledge on your hands to show your support for the helping hands campaign. Post the photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help raise awareness.
Other ways of raising awareness include displaying posters or banners, or using the opportunity to take a safeguarding training course to ensure that your knowledge is current and comprehensive. Here at ChildProtectionCompany.com, we offer a range of online child protection training courses to meet the requirements for each sector, including schools, dental and equestrian. To find out more about how you can start training immediately from the comfort of home or office, click here.