National CSE Awareness Day Events Roundup #4

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National CSE Awareness Day Events Roundup #4

Only 2 days go until #CSEDay17

The support for raising awareness of CSE has been amazing, there are events taking place the length and breadth of the UK. We have been told of web chats, Fun runs, stalls, lessons, training, films, ,conferences, EFL Championship match involvement, specially designed tee-shirts, Welsh Rugby Union, billboards…there really are some fantastic ideas and events.

We are delighted that the support for the National Awareness Day has grown once again this year with more and more people getting involved, our Thunderclap has reached the 3 million social reach mark already and we still have time for more.

You can read updates  #1, #2 and #3 HERE, HERE and HERE

Thank you to everyone who has supported the day so far.

Here is this weeks listings:

Avon and Somerset Police – Loudmouth will be delivering Working With Marcus to pupils years 8 – 11.  Other pupils will be receiving alternative CSE inputs. In preparation, all staff have received a CSE input from Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

Derby LSCB – Kayleigh’s Love Story will be shown in all schools throughout March.
The Derby CSE Champions have an awareness raising stall in the Derby Children’s Hospital at The Royal Derby Hospital all day on March 17th 
There will be 60 CSE Champions including Social Care, Police, Health, Education and NGOs (including Safe and Sound) supporting delivery in schools this month.
MAT teams are delivering CSE and Missing workshops in 3 schools on the 16 – 17th March,
The Derby City Council House rolling public notice board will advertise National CSE Awareness Day on the 17th March.

Harrogate District Community Safety Hub and the local Parent Liaison Officer with Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) will be handing out leaflets on Cambridge Street in Harrogate between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday 15 March
The Community Safety Hub has produced a ‘Parent’s guide to CSE’.  The guide details how parents can spot the signs of CSE and gives information on what to do if they suspect their children are being manipulated or exploited.  The guide is available at; select ‘CSE Parents Guide’.
Staff from the Hub have also been running a series of awareness sessions for Harrogate Borough Council staff, as part of the council’s commitment to safeguarding children from exploitation and abuse. The sessions show what the effect on children and their families can be, following the exploitation of the young person.

Cardiff Children’s Services will be hosting a Young People’s Conference on Thursday 16th March in County Hall.
Local secondary schools have nominated up to six children to attend the conference. Participants will take part in activities and workshops which will raise their awareness around CSE including how children can look out for dangerous adults, spot when their peers may be in danger, call for help and keep themselves and their friends safe.
The conference will be delivered in partnership with the South Wales Police CSE team and colleagues in Barnardo’s, NSPCC, Safer Wales, the Cardiff and Vale Sexual Assault Referral Centre and YMCA who are all key providers of CSE prevention services in the City and experts in their fields.
By the end of the conference the young people taking part will be trained as Stop CSE Ambassadors for their schools. Children’s services will be working with participating schools and the Ambassadors to hold events later in the year where the newly trained Stop CSE Ambassadors will educate their peers.

Children’s Society CSE Street Safe Team (Lancashire) are delivering CSE Awareness workshops for students at Preston College on Tuesday 14th March along with a stall providing information and advice and raising public awareness at Preston Train Station on #CSEDay17 by handing out leaflets and encouraging commuters to pledge their support to the NWG National #CSEDay17 by either writing a pledge on their hand or a cut out hand shape and tweeting a photo of the pledge to #HelpingHands and #CSEDay17. Follow live tweets @ChildSocNW on the day.  In addition we will be using social media to support our national Children’s Society Campaign, focusing on two key messages that ‘No child should ever be sexually exploited’  and our commitment to ‘Helping more young people stay safe and rebuild their lives’. Information can be found at

The Mirfield Free Grammar and Sixth Form Multi-Academy West Yorkshire are holding an Awareness Day for the whole school and staff.

Newham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board – the NSPCC and The Children’s Society are leading on 8 sessions within the youth zones during week commencing 14/03/17. Sessions will cover sexting, online safety, consent and the law. Delivery will be supplemented by a youth worker and a police officer. The YOT are also delivering a session to their service users. In addition the schools officers are planning to deliver school assemblies throughout the week and SHINE (local sexual health service) are delivering workshops in schools. The events are focused on young people to build their knowledge and resilience within this area.

Northumberland are having a fortnight long CSE campaign which started last week focusing on the work of a group of young people; the ‘A team’. Their goal was for young people to lead the fight against CSE, so far over 1.5 tonnes of posters & leaflets have been sent out across Northumberland to schools, GPs, Health centres, Children’s centres etc. A social media campaign is also running through twitter and Facebook.

Bradford West Yorkshire CSE Multi-Agency Hub will be holding 2 events to support #CSEDay17.
Event 1: Thursday 16th March – Keighley Airedale Shopping Centre, 12:00 – 5pm, information stalls, arts, crafts.
Event 2: Friday 17th March – Bradford City Park, 11am – 7pm,  Local Services will be joining together to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation and to showcase to the community what is being done to tackle grooming and exploitation across the Bradford district.
The event will include, Information stalls: Barnardo’s Turn Around & NightWatch, Blast, Children’s Society, Pace, Taxi Licensing Enforcement, Police – Cyber Safety Van, Sexual Health Bus, Youth Service – Smoothie Bike and climbing wall, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Student Safe Spots, Henna Hand Art, DJ workshop, Make-up design… and more.

Special GuestActress Roxy Shahidi best known for playing Leyla Harding in ITV’s Emmerdale will attend and we have a ‘Helping Hands’ Cake kindly donated by Sandy Docherty of Great British Bake off.

Merseyside: Catch22 will be delivering CSE assemblies and workshops to young people aged 16-18 at events for the week leading up to #CSEDay17 at Southport College, Range High and Hugh Baird (Sefton), Knowsley Community College (Knowsley) and Liverpool City College (Liverpool). Catch22 will also be working in partnership with Merseyside Police on Saturday 18th March 2017 to visit transport hubs and popular locations across all 5 Local Authorities in Merseyside; Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral to engage young people in CSE advice and identify anyone who may be vulnerable or at risk of CSE/missing.
St Helens: During the week up to #CSEDay17 Catch22 will be delivering CSE awareness sessions to students at; St Anne’s School and Cowley International College. The team will also engage young people from the Princes Trust to increase their awareness of CSE and deliver a PACE session to Parents at Grange Valley as well as a CSE training session to Teacher’s at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School. Catch22 will be holding a market stall on #CSEDay17 at St Mary’s Market, St Helens. The stall will be interactive and delivered in partnership with YPDAT and will run sessions throughout the day targeted to parents, community members, and children and young people (primary school aged upwards).
Wirral: Catch22 will be delivering a CSE awareness session to the Sea Cadets in Wallasey along with Response and AST.
Halton Cheshire: Catch22 will be delivering a Year 6 assembly at Gorsewoood Primary School, raising awareness of CSE and Keeping Safe online
Warrington: In the week up to #CSEDay17 Catch22 have been invited to be a guest speaker at the Halliwell Jones Stadium where a conference is being held for Designated Safeguarding Leads in Warrington. Catch22 involvement will cover the CSE picture in Warrington and will be followed in the afternoon by Catch22 holding 2 consecutive workshops which will be interactive and introduce resources for schools to use to tackle dangers of CSE. In addition, Catch22 will deliver a CSE team briefing to Beamont School staff in their training session and workshop planning with Complex Families to co-deliver PACE.
In Cheshire East Catch22 are commissioned to manage the Integrated Missing From Home and Child Sexual Exploitation Team. The team are made up of Catch22 Missing from Home and CSE Workers, Cheshire Police CSE and MFH coordinators and a CSE Nurse Specialist and work in close partnership with Children’s Social Care to ensure positive outcomes for all Children at Risk.

Spurgeons Phoenix Project in Birmingham is working in partnership with a local school to embrace CSE Awareness Day. A group of Year 9 students and staff will be supported in creating CSE awareness drama productions and producing a large piece of creative art. Students & staff will be asked to come together to write #HelpingHands pledges. #CSEDay17

Hertfordshire County Councils Children’s Services, will be hosting a series of CSE awareness forums in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Herts Police.
Events take place on 20th & 27th at Police HQ in Welwyn where 160 delegates will attend a series of 4 workshops/forums aimed at raising awareness and ensuring that a combined approach is adopted by all services. Delegates are made up of Foster carers, CLA commissioned services, Social Work Academy students and a range of front line practitioners.
The events will include presentations from Police colleagues, Operation HALO, The Blast Project, Missing People, A visual masterclass put together by young people on their use of social media, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and our own learning and development service. (All of the sessions are now fully booked)

Welsh Rugby Union players and the four Welsh Police Forces CAMPAIGN ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE read full details at

Birmingham Community Health Care NHS Foundation Trust are holding an event  ‘Developing Practice – The Birmingham Health Response to Child Sexual Exploitation​’.
The event on 16.03.17 is on behalf of health providers and partners in Birmingham. It demonstrates how an integrated response improves outcomes for the child.
It will showcase how health partnerships in Birmingham have developed, as a result of a co-located health team. Additionally, there will be Local, Regional and National perspectives  to ensure effective collaborative working. ​

Wakefield Together Partnership: (Wakefield Local Authority, West Yorkshire Police, Health Partners and other agencies) will be taking part in the national #CSEDay17 as follows:
Friday 17th March – Multi-agency teams will take to the streets of the City to raise public awareness by providing direct discussion and links to online websites for further information.
Week commencing 20th March – Multi-agency teams will have a presence at market days across the District to raise public awareness. We will also be running online key messages throughout the week.
Thursday 23rd March – CSE and Vulnerable Young People Forum – presenting information and awareness raising to cross sector professionals.

West Yorkshire Police will be supporting #CSEDay17 on social media and with events and operations across the county.  Social media messages using #CSEDay17 will direct followers to the various West Yorkshire webpages on ‘CSE Know the Signs’, ‘Who are you really talking to?’ and ‘Its Your Call’ campaigns.
Partnership events and public engagement will be taking place in Kirklees, Wakefield, Keighley and Bradford in the run up to the 18th and on the day itself.
In Leeds officers will be continuing their work with hotels, offering training and checking for compliance. West Yorkshire Police have also joined our Thunderclap

Newcastle-under Lyme Borough Council – have distributed over 300 posters to local high schools, Collage, University and Children Centres to help raise CSE awareness.
Further posters have gone out to partners including Police, Fire, Housing, Social Care.
A billboard poster displaying the #CSEDay17 campaign is up at a large, busy, local car park and an event is taking place Saturday 18th to target all busy area’s shopping centres, carparks etc.

Northumberland County Council – children’s social care, adult safeguarding and community safety, alongside Police, Education, Heath and Barnardo’s colleagues are planning a Sexual Exploitation Awareness day in County Hall, Morpeth on the 17th March 2017.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness of sexual exploitation in Northumberland, highlight the NWG, share key contacts in Northumberland and to promote the excellent ‘Pass it On’ and It Could Happen to me’ campaigns developed by children and young people in Northumberland.

Lancashire Constabulary – Superintendent Andy Webster will be interviewed by local media. A range of events and awareness raising sessions are planned over the period 17th – 20th –further details to follow

Blackburn Rovers play Preston on the 18th March and CSE marketing materials will be advertised in the programme and during the event.

Cumbria Police have teamed up with students from Carlisle College to warn other young people of the dangers of ‘sexting’.
Police will be pushing out #CSEDay17 messages on a variety of social media platforms to warn young people of the potential consequences of sending indecent images of themselves.
A force Snapchat account (cumbriacops)has been launched, and to mark the occasion media students aged 17-19 from Carlisle College are doing a ‘takeover’ of the account for the week.
Throughout the week, they will be telling the fictional story of a girl who agrees to send her boyfriend a naked photo of herself, and how this results in her being sexually exploited. The story will be available in the ‘stories’ section of the Cumbria Police Snapchat and will be updated by the students throughout the week.

The story will be directed, produced, and acted by the students. Following the week of snaps, the full story will be edited together, and released on social media.
An Instagram account (cumbriacops) will also be launched this week, with a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the Snapchat story on the Instagram Stories section.
On Thursday (16th March) there will be a Facebook Event in partnership with Cumbria LSCB, between 5-7pm, for parents who are concerned about their children’s online activities to ask questions and get advice.

Hertfordshire Constabulary and Herts County Council have worked together on a new video and learning pack being released to secondary schools. The video details the signs to look out for in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation.
You can read more on this initiative and view the video at :

Children Society #CSEDay17:
Checkpoint Torbay – 17 March, awareness raising activity on local high streets across Paignton, Torquay and Brixham, with CSE champions in the bay and 15 March CSE sessions in local secondary schools.
Hand in Hand in Keighley – Thursday 16 March, Keighley Airedale Centre/bus station, promoting cyber awareness and internet safety along with the sexual health awareness and STI testing. The event is supported by United Keighley Action Group and Partners. 
Friday 17 March – City Park, Bradford 10-7pm: an interactive session, showcasing our CSE work with hub partners, supporting Bradford to be a safer place with the Bradford Street Angels and partners to promote safety.
Street Safe Lancashire – Saturday 18 March, event at Preston Station asking the public to pledge support to stop CSE.
Newcastle- Event on Northumberland St on 18 March – paper chain around the Earl Grey Monument to pledge support to end CSE.
Essex C.A.R.E –Working with Essex Council on the ‘I didn’t know’ campaign event, 18 March
London –17 March, Kings Cross Station with partners Camden Council and the police awareness raising event, along with and Shine school assemblies and activities.
Midlands – Working with British Transport to host a CSE stand in Birmingham New Street station on 15 March. Also holding a CSE awareness training with community groups on the 6 April at our Coventry office, in partnership with the social care team in Coventry.
Full details: page

Cheshire Police – will issue a press release and use all Cheshire Police social media accounts to share awareness messages and link to Cheshire Police CSE advice and support pages

The Breck Foundation – are holding an event on 17th March to celebrate Breck’s 18th Birthday. The event will raise funds for the Breck Foundation, they are expecting in excess of 100 people to attend and will be making full use of #HelpingHands by writing safeguarding pledges ( and )

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

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