Young people in Plymouth have been working alongside police and other agencies to design a new child sexual exploitation awareness campaign.
The results of a two-year collaboration will now be rolled out across the Devon and Cornwall Area.
The National Citizens Service (NCS) worked with the Plymouth Safeguarding Children' Board, police, and city partners to develop the campaign for young people.
Teenagers from Plymouth provided feedback and ideas for key messages they thought would resonate with their peers including:
- Anyone can be a victim
- Young people can be exploited by someone their own age
- If a young person is missing from home or school, they become more vulnerable
The campaign encourages young people to #SaySomething if they are worried about their own or other people’s relationships.
Todd Hanrahan, Programme Manager, at the National Citizens Service said: “I’m extremely proud of the work our young people have contributed."
More than 1200 young people had a voice in the final campaign. The new posters will be used around bus stops, fast food outlets, and cafes.
The campaign will also be shared via social media.