18/03/2019

Cleveland Police and PCC Support Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2019

Today is CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Awareness Day and Cleveland Police and Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, are again pledging their commitment to tackling CSE and safeguarding children and young people.

VEMT poster Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

Next month, it will be two years since the introduction of the offence of sexual communications with a child.  This means anyone found targeting children through mobile phones or social media faces up to two years in prison and they will automatically be placed on the sex offenders register.

Detective Inspector Chris Stone said: “CSE is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. It is vitally important that we tackle CSE in partnership with our colleagues in social services, schools, the voluntary sector and health organisations.

“As a team, we need to continue to highlight CSE and encourage anyone who may have been a victim to come forward. Our frontline officers are specially trained to deal with those who are most vulnerable to ensure they get the support they need and to spot the warning signs of grooming and exploitation.”

National funding secured by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has resulted in the development of strategies and methods to monitor high-risk sex offenders, in order to reduce reoffending and prevent further victimisation.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I’m committed to raising awareness of the signs of CSE, so that parents, professionals and members of the community can be the eyes and ears of the police when they suspect a young person may be at risk of grooming or exploitation.

“Protecting our children and young people remains at the heart of my Police and Crime Plan and I will continue to work with Cleveland Police and other partners to ensure this horrific issue continues to get the attention it deserves.”

Below are some useful links on how parents and carers can keep children safe online:

CSE awareness campaign: http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day/cse-awareness-live/
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation: https://paceuk.info/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Z6I5vLg4AIVAojVCh0NPQwjEAAYASAAEgIY3vD_BwE
NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Get Safe Online: https://www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children/
Think You Know: https://www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents/