Council backs national child abuse campaign
20 Mar 2018
Northumberland County Council supported National Working Group Network’s national Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, which took place on Sunday March 18th 2018.
CSE Awareness Day highlights the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation, encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, and children forming inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers.
Throughout the day Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) partners raised awareness of the national campaign on social media feeds, highlighting the issues and symptoms involved with CSE.
NSCB is encouraging anyone who is worried about a child’s welfare to report it to Northumberland’s OneCall on 01670 536 400, or email email@example.com. One Call is a partnership service between Northumbria Healthcare and Northumberland County Council, which aims to help the most vulnerable people to stay safe and well.
Some of the most common symptoms of CSE include, a change in mood, a change of peer group, older friends, a change of appearance and behaviour, parties involving drugs and alcohol, staying out late and being very secretive about where they are going and who they are seeing.
Councillor John Riddle, Chair of the Safe Northumberland Partnership, said: “It is important that everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of Child Sexual Exploitation as unfortunately this type of abuse is a lot more common throughout the country, including Northumberland, than you might think.
“Any child can be sexually exploited regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion and it can happen to both boys and girls. We are urging anyone who has any concerns about a child they know to report it to OneCall.”
For more information about child sexual exploitation and how to report any concerns, visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Safeguarding.aspx