Join us in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation
10 March 2023
The Magdalene Group, alongside over 13,000 professionals across the UK, are joining the NWG Network for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day – 18th March 2023.
Child Sexual Exploitation (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.
CSE Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation: encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse; adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children and support young people to have healthy, safe peer relationships.
A decade after the high-profile cases of Rochdale and Rotherham, sadly little has changed in terms of reducing child sexual exploitation in the UK. NSPCC analysis of police-recorded crime data reveals the number of child sexual exploitation crimes has increased by 10% within the last year, with an average of 48 offences occurring a day in England & Wales during 2021/22.
The Rose Project, our Young People’s Team, are committed to supporting children and young people who have experienced, or who are at risk of, CSE as well as raising awareness and working with professionals to help prevent child sexual exploitation.
The team is made up of three highly qualified CSE practitioners who work on a one-to-one basis with children and young people across Norfolk who have been screened as medium / high risk of CSE. Adopting a trauma-informed, holistic approach, the team deliver targeted support to young people who have experienced, or are at risk, of sexual exploitation; whilst also working alongside commissioned services and system-wide partners.
To mark this year’s CSE Awareness Day, The Rose Project is running a programme of networking and awareness sessions for professionals and young people’s services across Norfolk, to shine a spotlight on how the CSE landscape across our county is changing in 2023.