Child sexual exploitation can ruin children’s lives. Worcestershire County Council is proudly supporting a campaign designed at raising awareness of CSE.
The 'Tell Someone' campaign, in partnership with West Mercia Police encourages people to recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and to tell someone if they have concerns.
The campaign, which leads up to Child Sexual Exploitation Day on Sunday 18th March, aims to dispel myths and raise awareness that 'sexual exploitation can happen to any child, anywhere' and provides details of how and where to get help.
Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, Councillor Andy Roberts, said: "We are proud to be supporting a campaign that encourages children to speak out against about any form of sexual activity they are uncomfortable with.
"Talking to someone and not suffering in silence can be the first and most important step in stopping exploitation.
"Child Sexual Exploitation might seem like a normal friendship or relationship at the beginning, so it's important to speak out if something doesn't feel right."
Worcestershire County Council will be working in partnership with West Mercia Police and Worcestershire Safeguarding Children's Board on the campaign.
Inspector Mark Roberts of West Mercia Police said: "Together with our partners we are working to inform, educate and prevent child sexual exploitation. Child sexual exploitation is a crime that can affect any child anywhere, any time, regardless of their social or ethnic background or whether they are a boy or a girl.
Everyone can play a role in keeping children and young people safe by familiarising themselves with the signs to look out for in children and young people's behaviour and 'telling someone' if they feel that something's not right."
Members of the public concerned that a child is in need of protection in Worcestershire should contact the Family Front Door on 01905 822666 from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30 pm, or visit http://www.tell-someone.org/ for further information.
More information about CSE and how to get helped can be seen here: https://ylyc.worcestershire.gov.uk/protection-from-harm/safeguarding-children/child-sexual-exploitation/