11 March 2016
For anyone whose life has been touched in any way by child sexual exploitation, the 18th March is an important day. As National CSE Awareness Day, it gives charities, organisations and individuals the opportunity to talk about CSE and ensure as many people as possible are better educated and better informed about the issue.
In the lead up to the day itself, various groups will be running campaigns in schools, youth clubs and across social media. With an aim to reach thousands, if not millions of people throughout the UK, the initiative will help to increase awareness of CSE and get those who’ve been affected by it the help that they deserve.
National CSE Awareness Day
National CSE Awareness Day is a relatively new initiative designed to help organisations, charities and individuals raise awareness of CSE. By talking more openly and honestly about the issue, those who have been affected by CSE will find it easier to speak up about their experiences.
Raising awareness will also help to educate the public about CSE. A lot of people are still unaware about what exactly CSE is and what it means for the young people affected. By learning more about the issue, parents and schools will be better equipped to spot the warning signs and help young people out of dangerous situations before it’s too late.
Formally known as The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, The NWG is an organisation that works with charities, professionals and individuals across the country. The network helps to educate these groups and individuals about CSE and helps them to pass information on to the young people they work with.
As well as raising awareness of CSE, The NWG is working to influence the development of national and local policies. The organisation has also developed a youth advisory board to give young people a place where their voices can be heard.
If you’d like to help in the fight against CSE, there are lots of ways to get involved. Organisations and charities that work with young people affected by CSE can integrate the National CSE Awareness Day logo into their site or download a pack of posters and banners for use around their premises and website.
Individuals who want to get involved can help raise awareness of CSE by using
the hashtag #HelpingHands on social media. The more people see the hashtag, the more it will encourage them to find out about CSE and the more that young people affected by the issue will realise that they’re not alone.
If you’ve been affected by CSE or would like to talk to someone about the issue, give us a call on 0808 800 1037.