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Police have outlined their commitment to successfully prosecuting offenders of child sexual exploitation.
It comes after a week long conference on the subject, aiming to raise awareness of CSE among professionals working with children.
Children and young people in Cumbria are being urged to take steps to help protect themselves against child sexual exploitation (CSE).
A conference is taking place today to raise awareness of CSE among professionals working with children.
Children and young people are being urged to report any concerns they may have to the police or someone they trust, if they think there is a chance themselves or a friend is being exploited.
For example, this could be a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, alcohol or cigarettes.
Although the young person may not realise it at the time, sexual exploitation can cause a lot of damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health.
Young people are also being warned of the dangers of ‘sexting’ as images can end up anywhere.
Parents in Cumbria are being given tips to help keep their children safe online. It is part if a week long drive to help parents spot the signs of sexual exploitation.
Tips for online safety:
- Talk to your child regularly about their experiences, both online and offline
- Know what connects to the internet and how
- Set boundaries. Treat the online world as you would the ‘real’ world
- Stay up-to-date. Ask about your child’s new gadgets, apps and websites
Parents in Cumbria are being urged to learn how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
A conference will take place on Thursday to raise awareness of CSE among professionals working with children as well as providing key information and advice to members of the public.
Police say increasingly children are on social media sites and applications, often unsupervised and can cause problems like indecent images of children/young people being circulated, to online grooming.
What are the signs you need to know?
- Repeatedly going missing – particularly overnight
- Coming home with unaccounted gifts, i.e. clothes, money, food.
- Excessive and secret use of internet and /or mobile phone
- Alcohol/Substance misuse/unexplained injuries
- Losing contact with family and friends of their own age
What makes a child more at risk?
- If they come from a chaotic or household/history of domestic abuse or neglect
- A lack of friends in the same age group/low self esteem
- Confused about sexuality
- Learning disabilities
- Have suffered a recent bereavement or loss