National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Stockport Council and the Stockport Safeguarding Children Board are supporting National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day on Saturday 18th March.

The National CSE Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.

To spot signs of CSE, look out for:

  • changes in behaviour and/or appearance
  • unexplained gifts such as money, clothing, mobile phone
  • missing from school or home
  • breakdown of relationships with friends and family
  • use of drugs or alcohol
  • secretive use of on-line media, internet and mobile phones (walking out of the room to take phone calls/unknown callers)
  • signs of physical harm (self-harm, unexplained bruising, pregnancies, STI’s)
  • involvement in gangs/youth violence

Councillor Colin Foster, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Children and Family Services, said: “A young person may not even realise that they are being exploited, so it’s important to get the message across that all of us have a role to play in protecting children and young people from any form of abuse. Anything you notice can help a child at risk, so please contact the Council who will listen to your concerns and look into them.”

Detective Sergeant Mark Montrose, from the Stockport Division of Greater Manchester Police said: “We’re proud to unite with organisations across the United Kingdom in support of National CSE Awareness Day.

“Child sexual exploitation is child abuse and we can all make a pledge to protect our children against this hideous crime.

“Whether you’re a victim yourself or see something suspicious, please know that you’re not alone. No matter how long it’s been going on for, or what you’ve done, it’s never too late to seek help.”

For more information or to report any suspicions, visit www.stockport.gov.uk/safeguardingchildren or ring 0161 217 6028 (out of hours 0161 718 2118).

If you have reason to believe a child is in immediate danger please ring 999 and ask for the police.

If a child is missing from home or school please ring 101 and report this to the police.