Campaign aims to tackle child sexual exploitation

Published on 05 February 2016

 A major campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) has been launched in Leicester today (February 5).

CEASE - the Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland was launched at the King Power Stadium.

Local business and faith leaders, politicians, representatives from industry, charities and the private sector joined local sports stars, actors and entertainers at the event.

The campaign aims to get everyone who lives and or works in the area to sign an online pledge committing their support to combat the crime.

It builds on the progress already made by councils, the police, health and other partners to tackle CSE, and is one of 12  projects being funded by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader, to protect vulnerable people.

CEASE aims to:

  • raise greater public awareness of CSE
  • raise public awareness of the signs that CSE may be happening
  • increase the reporting of the offence
  • increase the prosecutions of offenders

People attending the launch heard presentations from the police, local authorities and from specialist CSE officers and case workers. The impact CSE can have on children was highlighted by actors reading the testimony of a child victim.

Running in parallel with the highly successful “spot the signs” campaign – run by the two local safeguarding boards - the CEASE campaign will roll out during the year.  It will include the production of an educational film explaining to teenagers what action the police and other agencies take when people come forward to report CSE. 

Sir Clive said: “When I was elected PCC in November 2012 I made a very clear commitment that we should do everything we could , in partnership with others, to protect those who are most vulnerable in society.

“Since then, and in partnership with local safeguarding children boards and other bodies, we have strengthened our work in this area to raise awareness, to protect local children, to support victims and to successfully prosecute offenders.

“But CSE remains a very live, serious and ongoing threat to our local communities, and that’s why I have made more money available to be spent tackling this appalling crime"

David N Jones, independent chair of the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board, welcomed the funding being provided to support work across 13 different elements of CSE work.

He said: "This new funding to support multi-agency work is evidence of the determination of all the agencies involved to put a stop to abusive behaviour, protect children and do our utmost to prevent the tragedy of future abuse.”

The pledge can be signed at: https://www.causes.com/campaigns/99225-eradicate-the-abuse-and-sexual-exploitation-of-children

Anyone who has concerns about child sexual exploitation, or who may be unsure about whether they should be worried, is urged not to keep any concerns to themselves.

They should contact the Police on 101 for non-emergencies or 999 if they are concerned that a child is in immediate danger.

 Alternatively, if they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or report online www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/.

 Anyone can also seek advice or raise concerns with the Children’s Social Care teams:

Leicester City Council, 0116 454 1004

Leicestershire County Council, 0116 305 0005

Rutland County Council, 01572 758407

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