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GIVE A HELPING HAND - Support CSE Awareness Day 18-03-19

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is on Monday 18 March, 2019. Show your support by writing a personal pledge on your hand and posting a photo on social media using the hashtag #CSEDay19 making sure to tag in your organisation and @WVsafeguarding. 

​The pledge can be anything from speaking out about CSE to educating others about the issue and what signs to look out for.

Why not make a display of your hand photos in your own work place, or display campaign materials which you can click here to download.

Organised by the national charity NWG Network, it aims to encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.

For full details about the campaign see http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day

This year's CSE Awareness Day will be highlighting that child exploitation also encompasses criminal exploitation,county lines, trafficking and modern slavery.

Supporting the national awareness day and active all year round is the regional See Me, Hear Me campaign organised by Wolverhampton, Dudley, Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull and Coventry councils and West Midlands Police to raise awareness of CSE across our region. It aims to increase people's understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs in a child or young person's behaviour which may indicate that something is wrong.

Warning signs of CSE include having friends who are older, persistently going missing, secretive relationships with unknown adults, truancy from school, chronic fatigue, constant calls on a mobile phone and the possession of money or new things.

A wide range of poster and video resources can be found at found on:

* the See Me Hear Me website at https://www.seeme-hearme.org.uk/resources

* the NWG website at: http://www.stop-cse.org/helpful-resources and http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day/raise-awareness

​Anyone who is concerned about the safety of a young person should call West Midlands Police on 101, speak in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or in an emergency call 999. Childline also have counsellors available online at www.childline.org.uk.

Staff in any organisation concerned that a child is at risk of CSE should complete a CSE screening tool​, online Multi-Agency Referral Form to make a referral to the MASH, and attach the completed CSE screening tool to the MARF before submitting.

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