This year sees the first ever Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day which will be held on 18 March 2015. We contacted the organisers, the NWG Network to find out how things were going in preparation for day and this is what they had to say.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response for the first ever Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day. We imagined that there would be a small take up this year that would grow over the years to come – how wrong we were!
So far we have been told of over 75 events taking place across the UK – these events have been set up by police forces, local authorities, hospitals, schools, charitable organisations, and individuals and there is still a week left for people to plan events and let us know. That’s 75 towns, cities, regions uniting against the rape and sexual abuse of children.
Those marking the day so far include Dyfed-Powys Police, Staffordshire Moorlands, York, Bradford, Shropshire, Nottingham, Lancashire, The Children’s Society, Felixstowe, Greater Manchester, Surrey, Together Trust – Cheshire, Hull and East Yorkshire, East Riding Football Association, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Bedfordshire Police, Warwickshire, Calderdale, The London Borough of Croydon, West Midlands Police, Suffolk Constabulary, Derbyshire Constabulary, University of Bradford, Staffordshire Constabulary, Herefordshire,Leeds, Nottinghamshire Police, Bury, Derby School Nurses, The Metropolitan Police, Shropshire, The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Herefordshire, NHS Birmingham Norfolk Police, Cheshire Police, Surrey Police, AEQUITAS, Merseyside Police, Oxfordshire, Hand in Hand in Keighley, Safe Hands in Halifax, NHS Birmingham South Central, Royal Derby Hospital, Swindon and Wiltshire,Magdalene Group, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cumbria Constabulary, Essex County Council, Isle of Wight, The High Sheriff of Nottingham, Wakefield District Council and the list goes on.
The posters, logos, banners and real life stories on our stop-cse website have proved popular and an asset to those looking to publisise the day.
Child Sexual Exploitation is still such a hidden issue that it really is time we made sure that everyone feels confident to speak out against it –only then will we have a zero tolerance of adults having inappropriate relationships with children or children having inappropriate relationships with other children.
The NWG Network”
There’s still time to get involved in Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day and don’t forget to write a pledge on your hands, photograph it and post it on social media #HelpingHands and nominate friends to do the same.