Council raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day
We are working with partners to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation for Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day next week (18 March).
As a part of on-going work, the Council is working with the Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board, West Yorkshire Police and Well Women's clinic to host an information day aimed at people who work with children. It will include seven one hour presentations exploring various aspects of child sexual exploitation. The day will take place on Wednesday 18 March from 9am-5pm at Kinsley Fitzwilliam Community Resource Centre in Pontefract.
The Safeguarding Children Board will also launch a free online E-Learning course for people who work with children on a regular basis. The course will be available from 12pm noon on Wednesday 18 March and anyone interested should register to get access via – www.wakefield.gov.uk/safeguarding
An information stand will also be held at Wakefield One on Wednesday 18 March from 10.30am to 3.30pm where the public can come along and find out more.
Edwina Harrison, Independent Chair of the Local Safeguarding Board said: "The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) prides itself on listening to children and young people. The Board has been part of this vital work in the Wakefield district to make sure we protect children against these horrendous crimes.
"Child sexual exploitation has been a priority area of work for the LSCB over recent years. We know from listening to children and young people and their families that online grooming is a also big issue for them. Ensuring a multi-agency approach to prevention, identification and tackling all aspects of exploitation is a key focus for us and this includes working with Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police, the NHS and other partners. We intend that this information day will provide valuable information about how everyone can contribute to the process."
Detective Chief Inspector Sue Jenkinson of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Child sexual exploitation is an abhorrent crime and police in Wakefield and across West Yorkshire have been working hard with local authority partners to raise awareness of it.
"An extensive programme of work has been ongoing through our Know the Signs campaign and in schools to make both young people and parents aware of child sexual abuse and to encourage them to report it.
"The CSE awareness day is an excellent opportunity to further educate everyone about this crime and the measures they can take to protect themselves from it."
The Council and partners also recently launched the 'Who are you really talking to?' online grooming campaign to raise awareness of online grooming and exploitation and help young people stay safe online.
If you have been subject to Child Sexual Exploitation, know somebody who has, or have information about those involved in this crime, please contact the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.