12 March 2015
Whether it’s breast cancer, women’s rights or mental health, the more people who are aware of an issue, its symptoms and its causes, the easier it is to get people the help and support they need as quickly as possible.
Child sexual exploitation, or CSE, is no different. In fact awareness and understanding of the issue is so important because the more schools, parents, young people and organisations that know about it, the more they can work together to stop it for good.
Held on the 18th March, National CSE Awareness Day is an opportunity for organisations working to prevent CSE and support those affected by it to come together, share their knowledge and plan a course of action for the coming year.
The day also helps to highlight how widespread the issue is and to show anyone who is suffering from child sexual exploitation or who is at risk that there is lots of help and support out there for them to turn to.
What happens on National CSE Awareness Day?
One of the biggest things happening on National CSE Awareness Day 2015 is the launch of the National Working Group’s ‘Helping Hands’ Campaign.
Kicking off with a conference attended by some of the hardest working organisations in the sector – including the Rose Project – the campaign aims to raise awareness of CSE by asking participants to write pledges on their hands, photograph them and then share them on social media using #HelpingHands.
Helping to educate the public about CSE and show victims that they’re not alone, the campaign is an important part of this year’s National CSE Awareness Day and is being backed by a huge network of specialist organisations including the Rose Project.
How can you get involved?
There are lots of ways to get involved with National CSE Awareness Day and make a difference to the lives of at risk young people around the world.
If you want to help raise awareness, try to think about what you can do to stop CSE, write it on your hand, photograph it, share your pic with us and then act on it. The more people that talk about CSE, share their #helpinghands photos and put child protection at the centre of their lives, the more young people the campaign will help.
Check out the National Working Group website to find out more and see how you can help and tweet us your pledges written on your hands @RoseProjectOrg using #helpinghands.