National #CSEDay17 Awareness Day - Event Update #1

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National #CSEDay17 Awareness Day – Event Update #1

Momentum for the National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day (#CSEDay17) taking place on March 18th 2017 is growing daily.

The responses we have had so far have been very encouraging and we have had commitments from the following to raise awareness on the day or during March:

  • Wiltshire and Swindon LSCB CSE Sub-Groups including Wiltshire Police – will have a focus on ‘Seldom heard/hard to reach groups’ this year. Children with disabilities and those outside mainstream education will be a significant part of the media campaign and messaging.
  • Isle of Wight (St Thomas Square Newport) – on 18.03.17 there will be a Wi-Fi enabled youth bus available. Visitors to the bus will be asked to write a stop-cse pledge on their hand and post to social media using #HelpingHand
  • Metropolitan Police area – are holding a week of action and have asked all London Boroughs to take part in the National CSE Awareness Day. They are also holding an Awareness Day on Friday 17th March at the Kingsway Hall Hotel Holborn with over 150 delegates expected ranging from LSCB, MASE Chairs, MET Police CSE Lead and representatives from the Children’s Commissioner’s Office and Borough Commanders. There will be 3 main themes running through the day:
  1. How the London picture of CSE fits in with the National picture of CSE
  2. Online CSE
  3. The voice of the child
  • Bishopthorpe, York  Listen Up… an exhibition, co-produced by ex-service users, all of whom have experience of exploitation through sexual abuse. This interactive experimental exhibition depicts the journey of a young person who is being exploited, form the first instance of not recognising and resisting support, to moving on after CSE. The exhibition will highlight the feelings, thoughts and words of wisdom of young people about their experiences of sexual exploitation – enabling the visitor to feel what the young person experiences. The exhibition sends a clear message that it is never the young persons fault and that we should all Listen Up.
  • Jersey Youth Service – are planning interactive information stalls in schools and in town leading up to, including and after #CSEDay17. The stalls will have devices available to enable young people to take part in the online quiz Loves Me, Loves Me Not
  • Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead – are planning to run a week of CSE Awareness raising leading up to #CSEDay17 
  • Modern Police Station (London Borough of Merton) – will have an information stall in the station all week with CSE Awareness Raising posters and other CSE information available.
  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust – will be raising awareness within sexual health clinics and via their social media platforms to ensure people within the area are made aware of CSE. #CSEDay17 posters will be utilised through Stafford and Crannock
  • Surrey Police in conjunction with the Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Board are holding a number of CSE Awareness activities throughout March including;
  •  The launch of the CSE Awareness Campaign Operation Makesafe to Hotels/Taxis and Off licences – the official launch taking place on 16th March 2017.
  • Showing the new CSE play ‘Crashing’ (by the same Theatre Company that produced the hugely successful Chelsea’s Choice) initially in 10 schools across Surrey during the last week of March (27th – 31st).
  • Voice of the Child – Listen Up event on the 29th March – workshops with young people to seek their views on how to improve the way that professionals support and respond to young people who are being sexually exploited or who are at risk of being sexually exploited.
  • Workforce development event on identifying signs of CSE in boys.
  • Launch of improved family information website together with a social media campaign seeking feedback from parents on existing CSE Services.
  • Co-ordinated awareness raising activities in all council-run youth centres in Surrey.
  • London Borough of Havering – are planning a series of activities for the day including all relevant staff displaying Stop-CSE banners on email signatures. A stop-cse web banner will be included in all relevant e-newsletters and awareness raising messages will be broadcast on Facebook and Twitter. A press release will be issued to ensure the message is as far reaching as possible

Please use #CSEDay17 and #HelpingHands for social media, plus Text VOICE to 70007 if you wish to support the NWG network.

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