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Campaign against child sexual exploitation in Lancashire

A campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation in Lancashire is taking place over the next week as part of a crackdown.

It will be focused on the increasing number of victims being targeted online. 529 crimes relating to CSE were recorded in the county over the last year.

This is the third year that we've run our child sexual exploitation campaign and we are seeing that more people are aware of this form of abuse and are more confident to come forward to report it, but there is still more to be done.

While the force has been recognised as leading the way in innovative ways to tackle child sexual exploitation, we are not complacent and it remains a priority for us.

We will continue to work with our partners to protect children, prevent child abuse, help victims and target offenders, ultimately bringing them to justice.

– Det Insp Tony Baxter from Lancashire Constabulary's Public Protection Unit

Lancashire Constabulary and our partners have an excellent record when it comes to addressing the issue of child sexual exploitation employing a proven multi-agency approach.

However, with the problem still on the rise we need to acknowledge that everyone in Lancashire has a role to play in tackling the issue.

This is why our annual awareness week is so vitally important in educating the public to recognise the signs. Parents, teachers, youth workers, anyone else who comes into contact with children, needs to be able to recognise the signs and our 'The More You Know - The More You See' campaign aims to achieve just that.

Only by ensuring communities know the signs of exploitation, can we ensure more children are protected from harm.

– Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw