Child Sexual Exploitation - The More You Know, the More You See
06/08/2014A public awareness campaign to tackle the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation has been launched – The More You Know, the More You See. The Safeguarding Board campaign aims to increase public awareness around this form of child sexual abuse by targeting members of the public, including key groups, who may have the opportunity to recognise child sexual exploitation and take action if they have concerns.
Helen McKenzie, Professional Officer leading on Child Sexual Exploitation at the Safeguarding Board, says: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business so the Safeguarding Board have developed this campaign, The More You Know, the More You See to raise public awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE). This is a form of child sexual abuse which sees children and young people manipulated or forced by their abuser into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or wants, for example affection, alcohol, drugs or accommodation.
“Child sexual exploitation can happen to any young person regardless of social or ethnic background. We are encouraging the public to read the information available on our literature or our safeguarding website www.safertoknow.info. Many sources of information and support are available.”
If a child or young person is in immediate danger call 999 or contact the Police on 101. You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the NSPCC adult helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Barnardo’s NI Safe Choices 028 9065 8511
Social Services Gateway Teams
Southern Trust: 0800 7837 745
Belfast Trust: 028 9050 7000
Northern Trust: 0300 1234 333
South Eastern Trust: 0300 1000 300
Western Trust: 028 7131 4090