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Campaign to help spot signs of child sexual exploitation

Campaign to help spot signs of child sexual exploitation

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:44pm 31st May 2016. (Updated at 8:35pm 31st May 2016)

Helping identify the signs if a child is at risk of being sexually exploited.

Hampshire police are launching a campaign to try to protect vulnerable children, aimed at parents, young people, teachers, social workers, and other volunteers and professionals working with potential victims of CSE.

Assistant Chief Constable Sara Glen said: "Child sexual exploitation is such an important issue affecting more young people than many of us realise....

"Our new campaign aims to speak to people who have regular contact with victims of CSE to encourage them to identify the signs.

"In most cases these people are the key to getting help for victims, as those wrapped up in the world of CSE are often unable or refuse to admit there is an issue."

Maggie Blyth is the Independent chair of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Boards; one of the groups supporting the campaign.

She tells Eagle Radio there are several signs that a young person could be at risk of being sexually exploited:

"Periods of going missing, missing from school, from home. But it might also be other worrying signs like meeting new people, new adults that have befriended them, and that they're not talking about, and just not knowing where they are."

As part of the campaign, a Diary blog is being launched. The blog written by 15-year-old 'Alice', her friends, family and teachers goes into detail about how CSE happens and can be identified by those around her.

A Twitter live chat is also being held between on Wednesday, May 25 #CSEHelpMe.

Kim Drake, Service Director, Children and Families Services, Council said: "This important campaign will continue to raise the profile of child sexual exploitation.

"The perspective of a young victim is powerful and will help people to recognise and respond to more children."

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