29 January 2015
If you watch the news or read the papers, you’ve probably noticed that there’s been a big increase in the number of stories involving child sexual exploitation in recent years.
One of the good things to come out of this increased media interest, is that more organisations, just like Rose Project, are being set up across the UK to help raise awareness and support the young people affected.
One such project is the See me, Hear me campaign, launched last summer in the West Midlands. Like Rose Project it aims to help young people at risk of sexual exploitation by helping others to spot the warning signs and by educating children about the dangers of grooming.
Covering Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull, the project aims to get councils, agencies and organisations working together to raise their standards and protect children more effectively.
Through working with young people directly and by providing information packs to school and parents, See me, Hear me hopes to prevent young people from putting themselves in danger and help those who are at risk to improve their situation and make positive life choices.
By making their website and services easy to access and easy to understand and by making help easy to find, the agencies and organisations behind See me, Hear me hope to connect with young people and become the place that those affected by sexual exploitation go to for support. This also lies at the heart of what we’re trying to do – Reaching Out on Sexual Exploitation, hence the name Rose Project.
As well as raising awareness of child sexual exploitation, See me, Hear me also wants to encourage the police, social services and other agencies to be more vigilant in spotting the signs and to help young people report crimes more easily.
Through educating parents, teachers, young people and those employed to work alongside children, the project hopes to make a real and positive difference in the lives of young people in the West Midlands region.
“Like the See me, Hear me Campaign, the Norfolk based Rose Project has big ambitions, but can only succeed with the help and support of the community both locally and online. So if you would like to find out more about supporting us or getting involved click here.
By working together to increase awareness and to support those affected by child sexual exploitation, groups like See me, Hear me and Rose Project can transform the lives of many of the UK most vulnerable children and prevent other young people from being affected altogether.
If you’d like to know more about spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation, or if you or a friend of yours has been affected by it, don’t be afraid to get in touch with the friendly faces that make the Rose Project for confidential support or just someone to talk to if you’re worried about yourself or a friend.