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Awareness Day Regional Events Roundup 17th March 2016

What a fantastic response we have had from you all so far with events taking place up and down the UK. Lots of creative ideas and a great deal of enthusiasm and support for the day – thank you!

Hampshire and Southampton will see  Barnardo’s UTurn project encouraging support, raising awareness and collecting #HelpingHands pledges.

Wiltshire – Great Western Hospital, Swindon will be holding an event located in the Academy, between 10 am – 3 pm (drop in sessions and presentations) there will be information for professionals and volunteers about child sexual exploitation. Presentations will be given by Dr Janet King on What is Child Sexual Exploitation and Learning from Serious Case Reviews (at 10am and 12.30pm) and Dr Sophie Forsyth on What is the Sexual Health Toolkit and How to Use it in your Area (at 11am and 1pm). Julia Armstrong will also be giving a presentation on What is MARP (Multi Agency Risk Panel)? (at 11.30am and 2pm).

Worcester City –  are holding an event on Friday 18th March at Perdiswell young people club In Worcester city. There will be a CSE quiz for partners and other Action for Children staff to highlight the signs of CSE and the awareness that boys are just as vulnerable as girls.

We plan to run a CSE group session to everyone so they can see the work we do with young boys and girls who are at risk of or who have been sexually exploited.

We will also be pledging what we will be doing to help stamp out CSE within Worcester city and handing out our new information leaflet for parents to help parents recognise and understand  the signs of CSE

Suffolk Constabulary- have a mobile police station  in the town centre of Ipswich between 10.30 and 1.30pm Additionally, a planned awareness session for local hotel staff to promote awareness of the signs of drug dealing, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Human Trafficking will take place. These are national crimes and we aim to make Suffolk a hostile environment for those wanting to participate in such activities.  One effective way of doing this is to raise awareness amongst hotel staff who may witness relevant suspicious behaviour and encourage them to report it to police. There will be presentations from Missing People,  Ipswich AIU staff and HTE team from Norfolk.In addition there will be a series of media releases during the day with key messages.

Bedfordshire Police – have copious amounts of social media planned for the week, themes are Monday – What is CSE and the types of CSE  Tuesday – Spot the signs  Wednesday – Advice for young people  Thursday – Advice for parents  Friday – Speak out/ #CSEDay/ help and support  Saturday – Online grooming Sunday – Mythbusters

Coventry Police – have a wide range of events planned throughout the week including proactive patrols around schools during start and finishing times, truancy patrols around the town centre and parks, linking in with staff at children homes and evening patrols targeting licensing premises and the night time economy venues.#HelpingHands pledges will be collected and a CSE pledge will be signed by city college students and the full council.All staff will be wearing #SaySomething wristbands.

Jersey – plans to CSE lessons delivered to every secondary school as well as holding two stall in town resourced by MASH, Barnardo’s, Brook and Youth Service staff. Stalls will have banners, posters, wristbands and leaflets and people will be encouraged to write a pledge on a cut out hand which will be hung along the stall.

The Education Department and Barnardo’s are attending at the Jersey Rugby Club to set up stall. Generally raising awareness and taking questions from children and parents.

Staffordshire Police – have a new countywide multiagency CSE campaign and the launch of a new county website Every local policing team will be engaged on#CSEDay16 getting this message out and promoting the campaign in schools, taxi ranks, takeaways, hotels, fast food, train stations, leisure centres, libraries, care homes, foster parents, local parks and other venues.

In London the MET Police, BTP and City of London are all taking part in the CSE National Day of Action and stepping up the current Operation Makesafe Campaign which is ongoing along with specific operations and campaigns on the day.Awareness raising will take place at venues such as fast food outlets, night time economy venues, off-licences, station staff and retail outlets.

Sport Respects Your Rights are hosting an event in the Hub of Edge Hill University who we work with and who supports our project to spread the word among the young people at the University.

Dyfed-Powys Police in conjunction with the Regional Children’s Safeguarding Board have arranged a CSE conference which will take place on #CSEDay16

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales will be in attendance together with other guest speakers.There will be approximately 250 delegates across agencies.

Nottingham City Council are using internal and external screens within their buildings to reach 1800 staff and visitors with the key CSE messages(

Greater Manchester Police -are currently in negation with McDonalds with regard to CSE Key Messages being displayed when Young people access their Wi-Fi for the duration of the week. We have been looking if this is possible not just across Greater Manchester but also nationally for the week. We have local agreement, but awaiting further confirmation.

There is a wide variety of new innovative ideas including new CSE video’s on CSE & MFH, a CSE Victims Choir who have written and recorded a song, and a new CSE Gamification App.

A number of local celebrities from Hollyoaks & Coronation Street have agreed to support the week of action and promote the campaign.

A number of the proactive CSE patrols will involve ‘Live Tweeting’ and some will be filmed by Media.

Agreement has also been reached for the Media to record a CSE input of Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks Training to one of our local schools.

There will also be facility for media interviews with a parent and child who have experienced CSE and the dangers of being missing. The parent went on to create a parents support group to help other parents facing similar problems.

North Wales Police – held a theatre production called RISKING IT ALL  this was delivered by 2 Engage to 6 school across North Wales aimed at year 9 pupils. Accompanying this are posters for schools aimed at  children and CSE info cards will be provided to them with links to an updated NWP web page aimed at children specifically.A professionals poster and leaflet aimed at raising awareness with teaching staff in the schools has also been devised.This has been a joint initiative with the RSB.

Community groups in the town of Keighley have established a campaign called “United Keighley” this is a community-led campaign which has been initiated by compassionate residents and community leaders and aims to unite the whole town against grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation and to protect all our children. See for more info.  

A group of local people and professionals from a wide variety of agencies have been meeting regularly for a number of months to share and plan work aimed at raising awareness about CSE and taking steps to address the issues caused by it in Keighley communities.

The Keighley – wide Week of Action against CSE takes place from 14 – 18 March and aims to raise awareness around CSE and to promote the services that are available to offer support and help to victims, parents and communities affected by this appalling crime. It also aims to demonstrate that all of Keighley’s communities are working together to tackle this issue.

Activities taking place during the week include: awareness-raising sessions in school assemblies and community settings, art installations, pledge signings and public awareness-raising in and around the Airedale Shopping Centre, a performance of the production ‘On the Line’ at Keighley College commissioned by Bradford Safeguarding Children’s Board, a session for professionals and those working with young people highlighting the issues around the sexual exploitation of boys, special sermons and prayers in mosques and churches. A teal coloured ribbon is being used as the symbol for the week and as well as encouraging people to wear these, the Town Centre will also be decorated with ribbon.

For #CSEDay16 Ethelbert Fostering Services are raising community awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation, supporting the campaign through displaying posters and banners in the office and ensuring  internal and external emails for that day have the CSE awareness raising banners in them. We shall also be inviting professionals, foster carers and children and young people to share pictures of their supportive messages on their hands, and will share this on social media with the #CSEDay16. All of these pictures shall then be used to make a photo montage.

Gwent Police – Will use the week to promote various aspects of CSE through internal intranet, using infra graphics on victims and offender profiles, the work of the Missing Person team, the work Operation Quartz does around CSE along with an explanation of the new flagging process for victims and offenders, the infographic of a case study of a Gwent CSE victim will be used to raise awareness and on #CSEDay16 there will be Internal and external promotion of the #HelpingHands images and an exclusive article with South Wales Argus about how Gwent Police and the missing person team tackle CSE. The Chief Constable will to make reference to CSE in his weekly blog as well as teaming up with the Police and Crime Commissioner who will be photographed with their #HelpingHands messages which will be used to ask for others to send in their pictures. All images will be collated and used on Friday for internal and external promotion.

Throughout the week Gwent Police will be using images for CSE as desktop backgrounds for all computers.

Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board – are working with their partners to promote the day  and use it as an opportunity to further raise awareness and understanding of CSE, with a particular emphasis on the see something say something campaign for young people.

Derbyshire Constabulary –  Messages via the intranet page to emphasise the importance of all practitioners to adopt a professional curiosity and investigative mind set when interacting with vulnerable children. Within this, the CSE Risk indicators will be highlighted along with the available support networks available to both children and parents/guardians affected by CSE.

Externally key messages regarding both online and offline CSE will be made across both media and social media. This will reiterate that CSE is a form of child abuse, raising awareness of the risks and reporting mechanisms if concerned. A series of tweets of key messages will take place throughout the day along with messages via Facebook.The media messages are being shared with Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards to ensure a joined up approach.

The Scottish Government will publish the Update of Scotland’s National Action Plan to Prevent and Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation on 18 March

South Tyneside and Newcastle – Bright Futures Young Women’s Project are delivering the Say Something campaign to all young people we are working with through the delivery of assemblies in secondary schools. The 10 minute presentation will cover grooming, exploitation, consent,online safety and how young people can stay safe.

They will also be  promoting the national campaign using the #HelpingHands which will form a part of all of the sessions delivered to young people this week, this includes school work, young mums groups, Community Ambassadors and StreetGames participants. We will encourage each young person to write a message about CSE, stopping abuse or staying safe on a cut out hand and post pictures of these on our website and social media sites each day. Furthermore as part of our detached youth work on evenings we will distribute information to all young people that we come into contact with to raise awareness of CSE and signs to look out for and how to say safe.

Lancashire County Council – are joining in the fight on #CSEDay16 by using social media to raise awareness #HelpingHands

West Yorkshire – Calderdale Council –  will be supporting CSE day  via social media

Leeds Safeguarding Children Board – will be supporting CSE day via social media. Representatives from the board will be attending the Crimestoppers perpetrator event at Shay Stadium in Halifax and promoting the “who are you really talking to” campaign which raises awareness of online grooming.

Blast -are launching their new primary school resource ‘Alright Charlie’ at Oxford Chambers, Leeds 1.30pm – 3pm and again at 4pm – 5.30pm

West Yorkshire Police – are planning a pop up stall at the Compton Centre and Morrisons in Harehills, Leeds. Also, evening patrols with Barnardos staff educating the night time economy about the signs to look out for, supporting and attending the Crimestoppers event in Halifax and also supporting on social media with advice messages using #CSEDay16 linking in with our own campaigns – ‘Know the Signs’, ‘Who are you really talking to?’ (Online grooming) And Party Animals (Party Model)

Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board – Supporting CSE day via social media – representatives will also be attending the Crimestoppers event in Halifax

South Yorkshire – Rotherham: Officers will be out with Barnardo’s and RMBC on the Reach Out service bus in Rotherham town centre, as well as hosting a stand in the town centre with information leaflets and to offer advice.

Sheffield- will be at Star House (ground floor) throughout the week to offer drop-in advice to young people. Use of the NWG #HelpingHands campaign to raise awareness of CSE. There will also be a social media campaign throughout the week via Sheffield Futures social media feeds.

Doncaster – plan a multi-agency Outreach Awareness day in the town centre,with staff from the CSE team/ Social Care,health and Police. A stall staffed by members of the team in the Interchange/ Frenchgate will be giving advice and leaflets on CS. In addition there will be a patrol around hotspot areas engaging with young people and potential offenders. Doncaster school nursing and Doncaster Children’s Trust will be raising awareness of CSE through their Facebook sites. Some Secondary schools in Doncaster where there has been recent awareness sessions delivered will be putting up displays all week leading up to #CSEDay16 while Barnardos staff  within the CSE team are working with two local authority care homes and the young peole to create a CSE awareness display board.

Barnsley – An information Stand in Barnsley town centre will offer advice and information, alongside Barnardo’s.

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police – Safer Neighbourhood Teams plan to visit Schools and colleges, Youth centres, Scout and Guide Groups, GP Surgeries, Hotels, Bed and Breakfast establishments,Taxi companies,A&E’s, Cinemas and Licensed Premises amongst other premises distributing posters and information on how to recognise the early indicators of CSE and how to report it.

Staffordshire  Police’s – theme for the day is ‘Know about CSE” This links with our new multiagency CSE campaign, countywide and launch of our knew county website

Every local policing team will be engaged on the day by getting the message out and promoting the campaign. Examples of delivery are: schools, taxi ranks, takeaways, hotels, fast food, train stations, leisure centres, libraries, care homes, foster parents, local parks.

Skipton Police – will be holding a drop-in session outside Skipton Town Hall with colleagues from Craven District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the Children’s Society

Greater Manchester – To coincide with the National CSE Awareness Day, Friday 18th March, there will be the annual week of action across Greater Manchester that commences on Monday 14th March until 20th March.

The week of action is aimed at raising awareness of CSE together with the issues and risks faced by children and young people who go missing from home. Unfortunately children who go missing are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, violent crime, gang exploitation and drug and alcohol abuse.

‘Legal Highs’ are a significant problem with vulnerable young people across Greater Manchester; therefore a number of the proactive operations will include targeting of such premises and hot spot areas.

There is a wide variety of activity taking place across the force by the Phoenix Multi Agency Teams designed to provide support, advice and guidance to young people, parents and professionals.

This activity also includes the proactive targeting of offenders, premises and hot spot areas.

This Week of Action will promote the well-established ‘It’s Not Okay’ Campaign.

West Midlands – Across West Midlands Police force area and the seven local authorities (Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley) professionals continue to carry out activity to prevent and tackle CSE, including:

  • Community Roadshows across Coventry to empower local communities to identify and report CSE
  • Engaging and educating night-time economy around Broad Street, such as bars and fast food premises through the ‘In Plain Sight’ pilot programme being run by Barnardo’s in partnership with Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police
  • West Midlands Police has been actively utilising improved powers to pursue and deter offenders, such as Sexual Risk Orders and Child Abduction Warning Notices. They are also pursuing a significant number of CSE investigations across the region.
  • West Midlands Police will also run ‘Sentinel’ again this year, starting in April. It is a campaign to raise awareness of a number of types of abuse including CSE. The CSE element of Sentinel is being supported by See Me, Hear Me and includes work to further enhance partnership working to safeguard victims and effectively pursue offenders, as well as a focus on hearing the voice of the child
  • Dudley in partnership with their Local Policing Units and key community members have a week long campaign across their five townships to coincide with CSE awareness day which aims to reach a variety of community members. dentified CSE champions sharing information across their identified community networks. The events will have promotional materials, media and social media coverage.
  • Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG in collaboration with Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust and Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust have both held successful CSE conferences to raise awareness across a range of health disciplines and enable professionals to spot the signs and report concerns
  • Birmingham have just employed three new specialist CSE nurses to form part of the MASH team and strengthen the city’s response to CSE
  • Devising and delivering CSE awareness training for taxi drivers as part of licensing conditions across the region, including a Taxi Driver Pledge being developed in Dudley and positive press reporting on this in Wolverhampton local press
  • Community CSE Pledge being devised in Coventry being launched by the city council’s Chief Executive and signed by local people and businesses. The pledge focusses on empowering people across the city to identify and report signs of grooming and CSE
  • Walsall has been delivering training and briefing sessions, targeting a range of professionals including adult services and local voluntary sector organisations. This also includes an ongoing piece of work promoting CSE awareness to staff within all secondary schools within the borough
  • Borough-wide, early help community project across Solihull is underway aiming to prevent CSE, as well as community engagement activity to coincide with National CSE Awareness Day.
  • Sandwell are welcoming the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield to the authority in April to talk about their participation in the “See Me Hear Me” pilot project which is being run by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner based on the learning from their  two year Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups Inquiry
  • Development of a primary school screening tool in Solihull to support the early identification of vulnerability to grooming/CSE/exploitation
  • Walsall Street Teams have created a collection of short films which aim to empower communities to take positive action to challenge CSE. This is being launched on National CSE Awareness Day, 18th March 2016. #choosetoendit is a collection of 6 short film clips that showcase examples of people choosing to make the right choice when faced with situations that could lead to CSE. They give sight of a future that we all want to create, one free from child sexual exploitation.
  • West Midlands Police are hosting a conference for Officers and partner agencies to coincide with National CSE Awareness Day which will raise awareness of CSE, including the experiences victims of CSE
  • Birmingham Safeguarding Children’s Board has created a DVD resource ‘BAIT’ in partnership with local youth groups and Birmingham City Council, which is available for free, for use in all secondary schools across the seven local authorities
  • Event for private residential children’s homes being held in Wolverhampton to increase awareness of safeguarding issues including CSE
  • Say Something if You See Something hotel and business CSE Training continues to be delivered across Solihull by West Midlands Police Partnerships Team and Local Policing Teams. Wolverhampton and Birmingham are also carrying out work with hotels to raise awareness of CSE
  • Walsall Street Teams have been delivering ‘Exposure’ in schools, youth groups and faith group settings. This programme challenges young people’s perception and also looks at the damaging effects pornography has on young people’s attitudes and behaviours. They have also been running the Communities Against Exploitation (CASE) project where they have been engaging with local faith schools, faith leaders and BME community groups to raise awareness and resilience
  • Walsall has hosted our regional event for young people which will support them to contribute to the education of their peers around CSE and healthy relationships
  • Coventry has applied for a Public Space Protection Order on a park where CSE has been identified as potential concern
  • Regional working groups are developing proposals for addressing gaps in service, including issues such as supporting victims post 18yrs, improved identification and support for boys and young people with learning disabilities, cross border cases and information sharing.
  • Sandwell have successfully appointed to the Team Manager and CSE co ordinator posts for their CSE team.

Leicestershire Police – launched a force wide campaign last month to get the public to sign a pledge to help tackle CSE. It is known as CEASE – Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation (press release from the launch )

To tie in with #CSEDay16 we will be launching two new ways for the public to pledge their support for CEASE. Alongside this we,along with local partners, will be creating a photo montage of our leads with messages of support written on their hands to tie in with #HelpingHands

As well as a press release, there will be be tweets throughout the day from @leicspolice using #LLRCEASE #CSE #CSEDay16

Bilborough Sixth Form College –  is planning to promote the day internally through tutorial sessions and plasma screens. They will be using Facebook and Twitter throughout the day and taking #HelpingHands images of staff, to be shared on social media channels. Students and parents will be invited and encouraged to do the same.

Calderdale Council Cohesion & Equalities Department – are hosting a Safeguarding Conference on 17th March. A number of Keynote speakers including the Police (Safeguarding Unit representative), TAG (Together Against Grooming – a group of experienced volunteers who work within the community raising awareness of CSE and internet Safety)  The Chair of Muslim Women’s Network UK  (author of “Unheard Voices”) as well as a local Councillor will be presenting on the day. The event is aimed at local residents in particular mothers/carers to raise awareness of signs of CSE, how to report it, and where to get support from.  A series of workshops will follow providing delegates the opportunity to discuss some of these issues and help shape local policy and approach.

British Transport Police – Manchester – are planning their week of action for #CSEDay16

Luton – are organising a health promotion stand in the  Luton Mall on 18th March to raise awareness around CSE. Brook, The All Women’s Centre, Victim Support and the young peoples drug service will be manning the stand. There will be a  Say Something banner up and posters and the services will try to engage with parents with regard to raising awareness around CSE and the support available to young people. The plan is also to catch young people if they pass through the mall on their way to and from school.

Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions – plan on holding a number of initiatives; the #eyesopen social media campaign is asking young people to take a selfie just of their own eye and post it up to show that their ‘eyes are open’ to the signs of CSE.  Youth Workers from across the county will be providing pop-ups in various locations including schools, youth projects and One Stop Shops providing information and resources around CSE, and a Healthy Relationships 6 week programme will run across the 10 districts throughout the year to raise young people’s awareness of child exploitation – giving them the support they need to make informed, safe choices and to have appropriate, healthy and safe relationships.

Dorset Police – will be promoting the day internally through intranet and internal social media platforms including Facebook, Tweeter and local media to raise awareness of CSE, how to spot the signs and how to report concerns. Our CC is supporting #HelpingHands and images will be shared through social media. Dorset have recently commissioned Barnardos to support young people at risk of CSE and we are using CSE awareness day to launch the service throughout Dorset. This will be attended by 1000 professionals from around Dorset to increase awareness and promote the new service.

Catch 22 – delivers missing from home and CSE services across Cheshire and Merseyside. Our corporate comms and local delivery teams are looking forward to supporting the awareness day in the following ways:

  • We’ll be sharing the 5 signs of an unhealthy relationship – as identified by children/young people – via social media and with our 1,200 employees and 400 volunteers
  • Expert staff will be running awareness events and activities across Merseyside and across Cheshire (in shopping centres, schools, etc)
  • A press release about our work to raise awareness of CSE with children and professionals will go out on 18 March

Durham Constabulary – will be delivering ‘Intervene to Protect a Child’ (IPC) training through the coming months. ‘Intervene to Protect a Child’ training empowers frontline professionals who are not child protection specialists to view their everyday, routine interactions with members of the public through a different lens. Whether they work in a medical setting, in a school, in law enforcement, in a library or with children in any capacity, it’s about igniting a professional curiosity that could ultimately lead to a child being safeguarded.Durham Constabulary is the first UK force to adopt IPC, bringing police officers together with more than 250 multi-agency frontline professionals from across the North East to undertake the training.

NWG Specialist Team Members –

Mike Hand will be speaking at “Can you See Me, Can you Hear Me, Will you Listen to Me? West Midlands.

Ray McMorrow will be speaking at  NHS England’s 1st Annual Child Sexual Exploitation Conference in Manchester.

Bina Parmar will be raising awareness of CSE in hotels, taxis, small businesses, leisure and night time economy industries in Bristol using the Say Something if you See Something toolkit

Cheryl Stevens will be retweeting and sharing as many posts and #HelpingHands pledges as possible through NWG social media including Instagram  (where you can upload directly too) 

West Midlands Police – are holding a CSE conference “Can you See Me, Can you Hear Me, Will you Listen to Me? 

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board – are supporting the campaign by:

  • Holding a Chelsea’s Choice event for year’s 9-11
  • Holding a multi agency “Tackling CSE” conference, scheduled for April
  • Asking partner agencies to join in the Thunderclap and #Helping Hands campaign
  • Taking over screensavers on CSE awareness day with the “She didn’t think she had a Choice, you do” poster

You & Co – will be holding a webinar for all staff to continue to develop their awareness and skills when supporting young people at risk of, or experiencing, CSE. Here is some information as to what it will cover:

Supporting children and young people who have experienced CSE: An interactive webinar aimed at those who are supporting young people who are at risk of, or have experienced, child sexual exploitation. This webinar will help staff think through the CSE risk indicators that may be present, as well as how to broach the conversation with children and young people who we think may be at risk. The webinar will also provide some practical interventions to help support these children and young people.

We will also be featuring content about CSE on the You & Co home page and across Victim Support social media. This will include a news story about the importance of CSE awareness in our new schools programme, as well as some #HelpingHands pledges.

Zephyr (the South West’s Regional Organised Crime Unit)- will be tweeting throughout the day and Larisa Hunt, the South West Regional CSE Coordinator, will be writing a blog that will be put up on their website.

Guernsey – will be displaying NWG posters on all buses as well as collecting #HelpingHands pledges from as many young people and local deputies (local government officials) as possible and sharing on social media.

Basis Yorkshire Young People and Basis Training – have been working with young women from Year 8 in a Leeds school to create messages (#HelpingHands) and pledges to end CSE and support young people experiencing and at risk of CSE – results of which will be disseminated at the school, on our website on the 18th of March 2016 and via social media.

We will also supporting the launch of Alright Charlie by the BLAST Project in Leeds which we have been supporting over the past year.

Finally, we will be sharing social media messages (facebook, instagram and twitter) throughout the day including #HelpingHands from all Basis Yorkshire staff


The Children’s Society-in conjunction with partner agencies in the London Borough of Newham, are delivering a programme of events targeting secondary school aged young people across the week, with the finale being a series of sessions on #NewhamCSEDay – Friday 18th March 2016.

Partners include Newham Children’s Safeguarding Board, Newham Youth service, NSPCC, London Black Women’s Project, Newham CFCS, The Metropolitan Police, SHINE, Spotlight and Newham Youth Offending Team. The events will entail CSE awareness raising sessions being delivered across all youth centres in the borough, as well as Spotlight in Tower Hamlets, with each session being co-facilitated by two organisations and the police. There will also be the rolling out of Operation MakeSafe to the Children’s Homes in the borough, raising awareness amongst staff. All services will be using their social media to promote the events using hashtags #NewhamCSEDay and #HelpingHands

The Children’s Society will also be encouraging people to pledge support for their #SeriouslyAwkward campaign at the sessions, by taking photos with a plaque and posting it onto social media. The campaign is calling on the Government to amend the Policing and Crime Bill so all 16 and 17 year olds experiencing exploitation get the protection they need. To find out more information and support the campaign please :

Sussex Police – launched their Sussex CSE Campaign #StopCSE with the three LSCB in January 2016. Using a range of media including traditional, outdoor and social, the campaign which is focussed on raising awareness of CSE is running over 3-4 months and has three phases to it. In January the first phase focused on awareness raising to the general public and parent and carers. Mid-February saw the launch of the second phase targeting children (12-18 years), friends and siblings and also professionals whose work find them in contact with children on a regular basis. The third phase of the campaign that will launch during April will see the focus of awareness raising to Taxi Drivers and B&Bs.

During the National CSE Awareness Day Sussex Police will continue to highlight their CSE Campaign. They will be using Facebook and Twitter throughout the day #StopCSE and #HelpingHands images of officers, staff and partners will be shared on social media channels.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead CSE’s Operational Group – will be holding their awareness day via a pop-up shop in the Maidenhead town centre on 18th March 2016 all day.

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board –  partners are supporting the BSCB countywide CSE strategy by signing a CSE Promise, to demonstrate their commitment to tackling CSE. The Promise will be shared publicly online and in the media. They are also encouraging partners and councillors to pledge support by signing up to the social media thunderclap and posting a photo to the #HelpingHands campaign and plan a media campaign and awareness raising activities with residents and young people.

South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board – are involving all partners and young people from the Junior LSCB and Youth Parliament in making pledges as individuals and as partners. Full use of public plasma screens and the LSCB website will be used on the day to promote the messages, local CSE literature and posters distributed and a press release made on behalf of the partnership.

Core Assets Children’s Services – will be running their inaugural CSE strategy group as well as providing a variety of training for all of their North West staff – including An Introduction to CEOP by our recently qualified ambassador, BLAST ‘Think Again’ training and promotion of the ‘SaySomething’ campaign.

West Mercia Police – will be promoting the day internally via force wide messaging and externally with media.Local policing teams will be supporting the day by distributing promotional signposting material to local communities at events and with schools, hospitals and local businesses. West Mercia Police will also be supporting the NWG thunderclap.

Warwickshire Police – will be promoting the multi agency “Something’s Not Right” CSE campaign and local officers will be distributing signposting material to local communities. The day will be promoted internally and externally and police will be supporting the NWG thunderclap.

Thames Valley Police – are planning to promote the day internally through  intranet and internal social media platform. They will be using Facebook and Tweeter throughout the day and #HelpingHands images of officers, staff and partners will be shared on our social media channels.

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Board – are launching a local STOP CSE campaign on 16th March, this is designed to raise awareness of the issue of CSE particularly online.

The campaign images reflect and reinforce the message that online, because it is so easy for people to hide who they really are, ‘things aren’t always what they seem’. The campaign tag line ‘could be anyone’ emphasises that anyone can be a victim or a perpetrator of child sexual exploitation.

All of the campaign materials link to a dedicated webpage  where there is information about how to report child sexual exploitation and where to get help.

South Wales Police – leading up to 18th March:

Day 1…the 4 Borough Command Unit Commanders will each provide a webcast highlighting the importance of Identifying , recognising the signs of CSE and how to safeguard vulnerable children

Day 2… highlighting the good news stories of the 4 new Child Advocates who have recently been employed to work with our most vulnerable CSE missing persons

Day 3…highlighting a piece of work around the importance of linking associates to each other on our NICHE sytem ( out IT database) as this builds a bigger picture of who the most vulnerable are associating with.

Day 4…Printing of some of your NWG  posters to work hand in hand with our schools officers when they deliver CSE / Sexting lessons during that week

Day 5… The helping hands awareness day where officers from Constable and PSCO to our Chief Constable and Crime Commissioner will be writing a message on their hands supporting NWG #CSEDay16

All the above will be articles shown on the main page of the SWP connect website on a daily basis for staff and officers to view.

Loudmouth – will be promoting #CSEDay16 via social media and website. Running 2 x CSE awareness training sessions for Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust staff, plus a presentation of Working For Marcus for a Telford & Wrekin Council conference and at Hall Green School Birmingham

Lancashire Police – are holding 2 training events prior to #CSEDay16 delivering all things CSE to frontline police staff.

On the actual day we are tasking all neighbourhood staff and frontline officers to flood our communities with awareness raising campaign materials including new materials designed by children and young people during the last CSE awareness week, and materials in languages suitable for the harder to reach communities.

Kent Police – are planning a multi-agency Day of Action which will promote community awareness and evaluate the understanding of professionals and business owners to recognise and report CSE risks by delivering enforcement and educational activities in local communities.  PCSOs and Police officers will engage with communities, raising awareness of Op Willow, the signs of CSE and how to report it. They plan to hand out cards and wristbands to members of the public as well as air fresheners to taxi drivers.

West Sussex County Council – will be launching the first phase of their local CSE campaign internally to professionals, promoting improved screening tools and blogs on consent and healthy relationships created by young people for young people promoted via paid for social media. We will also be using social media to share #HelpingHands images and taking part in the Thunderclap.

Other activity includes:

  • To show its commitment to stop CSE, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has written a promise for young people, signed by WSCC, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. The promise, which sets out what support and respect young people can expect in the county, has been shared with a wide range of stakeholders including district and borough councils and MPs.
  • Within West Sussex over 60 performances of Chelsea’s Choice have been funded by WSCC at secondary schools, alternative provision colleges, children’s homes and independent schools

Cumbria Police – have Chelsea’s Choice running in local schools for the 4 weeks commencing 22nd February building up to the CSE day. On the day they will be on board with the national message and having their Twitter users joining the thunderclap.

A planned theme is one around the sharing of naked photographs. A youth forum has been tasked to work on some publicity material and the LSCB has agreed to pay for the printing of posters for all schools and other locations.The theme has been chosen as it was an issue during a local operation and is also an issue in a number of schools at present.

The police are also planning to organise a webchat for parents to ask be able questions about the subject.

Essex Police – will be carrying out a day of action, this will include procative work such as Child Abduction Warning Notice enforcement as well as preventative work through our Missing Person Liaison Officers. Also planned is the launch of a multi-agency campaign called ‘I didn’t know’. This has been a project between Essex Police and the 3 local authorities. It targets different CSE models and will produce short web films, posters, internet material and specifics such as taxi stickers. The intention is to launch on the 18th March.

Gloucestershire Police – will be holding a live web cast on the preceding Friday 11th March to then lead into a week of releases/interviews with local media. Much of the focus will be on the increase in CSE referrals (93% up on last year) due to increased awareness of the risk factors amongst people working with children locally, but also on the expansion of the co-located CSE team, which now includes Police, a senior practitioner from Social Care, County Council funded CSE coordinator, two outreach workers from Youth Support, a family support worker from the Nelson Trust (funded by the PCC) and the Police Missing Person’s Coordinator.

NHS England – are holding a CSE conference on 18th March -our specialist team member Ray McMorrow will be speaking- each delegate will be given a pledge card to complete to say what they will do to end CSE/support children. There will also be the option of writing on a pledge on their hands (#HelpingHands) which will be shared on social media.

Metropolitan Police – will be working with partners across the 32 London Boroughs to raise awareness of CSE.  The work will include:

. The uplift in the number of premises visited under the Operation Makesafe initiative (#SSSS).
. Safer Schools Officers engaging with children and encouraging dialogue during school assemblies to promote on-line safety.
. Local Neighbourhood Teams promoting public awareness through pop-up stalls in shopping centres and working with the local public and private workforces to educate them on CSE signs and symptoms.
. Actively promoting CSE awareness through local radio stations and engaging with the wider community through social media platforms.
Reading Borough Council – will be encouraging councillors to write a personal  #HelpingHands pledge on their hands and post a photo on social media. There will be activities in schools and youth clubs and  newsletters, posters and flyers will be used to get the message“think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children and children forming inappropriate relationships with adults” across as well as retweeting and sharing #CSEDay16 messages.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary – will be launching their CSE campaign on March 1st 2016 and will be using social media to share messages and #HelpingHands images.
Swindon Borough Council – are planning to raise awareness through social media and in partnership with local press in partnership with Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and health partners.
Wiltshire Police – are planning their communications for the day after the success of last years campaign, plans include asking offices working on CSE to write #HelpingHands pledges on their hands and share via social media.
Surrey Police – are planning a large event aimed at professionals form many agencies and voluntary sector organisations, the aim of the event will be that CSE comes in many guises as well as raising awareness that boys and young men are vulnerable to CSE also. This full event will include the new drama ‘Crashing” by Alter Ego (Chelsea’s Choice’) and input from the Breck Foundation and UK Safer Internet Centre. Surrey Police will also support the NWG Thunderclap
Smestow School, Wolverhampton – are holding an assembly for years 7 – 11 along with planned activities during the week.
Kent County Council & Kent Police – will be Tweeting and using internal websites to promote the day.
Devon and Cornwall Police – plan to promote the day internally through their intranet with force wide messaging and a network screensaver. They will also use their Devon & Cornwall Facebook and Twitter accounts along with local policing area accounts to spread the messages. #HelpingHands images will be a feature of the day.
Nottingham City Council – will be using March to raise awareness of CSE using posters/leaflets and digital platforms, which will be distributed and shown in various communities in Nottingham.
Merseyside Police- is holding an event at Liverpool Central Libraries that will be directed at mainly hoteliers to highlight the issues surrounding CSE (#SSSS) A press campaign targeting on-line CSE is also being planned.

If you would like to tell us about your events please email [email protected]

If you have any write ups/press releases or pictures from your events we would love to see  and share them.

Please use #CSEDay16 and #HelpingHands for social media, plus Text VOICE to 70007 if you wish to support the NWG network.

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If you know of an event taking place in your area please do let us know.

The NWG Team