National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is 18 March 2016 and in school, through tutor time, we have been reminding students what to do if they are worried about CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) and who they should contact. Unfortunately CSE is common throughout our country and the news headlines have demonstrated that it is widespread. The following advice for parents on spotting CSE comes from the NSPCC:
- Your child may become secretive and stop engaging with usual friends. They may become very prone to mood swings.
- They may be associating with older men and/or women.
- They may go missing from home and be defensive about their location and activities.
- They may receive odd calls and messages on their mobiles or social media.
- They may be in possession of new, expensive items which they couldn’t normally afford, eg mobile phones, iPads.
If your child displays three or more of the above signs then you should contact the Police on 101 or Peterborough Children’s Services on 01733 864180 or 01733 864170 or ChildLine on 0800 111
Here are some links anyway that might be useful:
and some leaflets on how to stay safe: