Join the fight against child sexual exploitation

  |  Published: Sep 8th 2015
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Parents and carers of secondary school children, community leaders and businesses are invited to attend information events on child sexual exploitation (CSE).


The meetings which are being held as part of Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) awareness raising campaign ‘R U Wise 2 it?’, will take place on Monday, September 21 at Buckingham School and on Thursday, September 24 at The Grange School in Aylesbury. Both are from start 7pm to 9pm.

CSE is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, affection or gifts.

It can be extremely difficult to recognise, as many of the warning signs are symptomatic of challenges that all parents face with young teenagers as they are growing up and becoming more independent.

The evening will be led by the Safeguarding Children Board's partner agencies, Buckinghamshire County Council, Barnardos and Thames Valley Police.

Fran Gosling-Thomas, Chair of Buckinghamshire’s Safeguarding Children Board said: "Sexual exploitation is secretive. The abusers are manipulative and young people often don’t realise what is happening to them until it’s too late, or even think what is happening is wrong.

"By raising awareness of warning signs, it is hoped that more people will be able to spot these signs and come forward with information to detect and prevent exploitation.

"CSE is a growing issue across the UK and we cannot afford to be complacent in Buckinghamshire."

Places will be offered on a first come first served basis and bookings can be made via email to buckscomms@buckscc.gov.uk

To find out more about child sexual exploitation visit www.ruwise2it.co.uk

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