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City council lends support to CSE Awareness Day

Published on 18 March 2016

LEICESTER City Council is joining with partners including the police and the county council to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

This Friday (18 March) is CSE Awareness Day, a campaign led by the NWG Network, a national charity that aims to tackle child sexual exploitation.

CSE Awareness Day will be reinforced locally by the CEASE campaign, which invites people from Leicester and Leicestershire to pledge their support to help protect young people from CSE.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Child sexual exploitation – when young people are manipulated or coerced into sexual activity – is an extremely serious issue.

“It’s vitally important that we protect young people from this abuse, which is why we are training our staff to recognise the signs of CSE and pledging our support to CSE Awareness Day and the CEASE campaign.

“CSE is something we all, as a community, should be concerned about, so it’s really important we raise awareness and help people to spot the signs that someone might be at risk of abuse.”

The city council has trained more than 200 taxi drivers in CSE awareness since November last year. Almost 100 drivers contracted to the council’s passenger transport service were trained last year, and all existing taxi drivers will have had the training by January 2017.

As part of its education role, the city council also runs an advisory service for teachers, aimed at helping them deliver effective lessons in preventing CSE. Working together with the police and the county council, they have helped to develop a theatre education project about CSE called Chelsea’s Choice, which has been seen by 5,000 pupils. More than 300 school staff have received CSE awareness support.

Another training programme, called Only Yes Means Yes and delivered in partnership with the police, resulted in 150 teachers being trained in how to give lessons on consent and rape prevention to more than 3,500 older pupils.

Foster carers, residential workers and social workers have also been trained in CSE awareness. Social workers have taken part in outreach work at schools and have discussed issues of internet safety with young people.

To find out more about CSE and how to spot the signs, visit the website of Leicester’s safeguarding children board at www.lcitylscb.org

To get involved in CEASE and sign the CEASE pledge, visit www.leics.police.uk/CEASE

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