CSE Awareness Day 2016
'Think, spot and speak out’ are three key messages being pushed as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day.
The campaign aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE and encourage everyone, from members of the public to professionals, to speak out and adopt a zero tolerance approach.
As part of the initiative, as well as promoting marketing material, Norfolk Constabulary is also taking to social media to bring home the message using the hashtags #HelpingHands and #SaySomething.
Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth, of Norfolk Constabulary’s Safeguarding and Investigations Command, said: "Child sexual exploitation is child abuse and can affect any child, anytime, anywhere. CSE has no barriers any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity or religion.
"It involves offenders grooming young people and using their power to sexually abuse them. Sexual exploitation can take many forms including through a seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship for older teens in particular.
"It can also include non-contact abuse such as being persuaded to send explicit images of themselves via a phone or online.
"Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of CSE, the safeguarding of our children is everybody’s business.”
CSE is a top priority for Norfolk Constabulary which has a dedicated group of detectives and social workers working within the MASE (Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation) Team to identify and safeguard children and young people who are at risk of harm from exploitation.