Child Exploitation Awareness Day
CE Awareness Day 18th March 2023
Please visit the National Working Group’s official awareness day website, and the Children’s Society Look Closer campaign webpage.
The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, or children exploiting and abusing their peers.
The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; for 2023 the NWG are focusing on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.
The LSCP supports National Child Exploitation Awareness Day and this year also has a focus on the Children’s Society #Look Closer campaign (27th Feb-3rd March), and using CE day to raise awareness of our local Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
On the 18th March there will be a call for all to unite against child exploitation. Show your support by using the hashtags #CEADay23 and #LookCloser to help raise awareness.
On this page you will find details and useful resources and links to the NWG Child Exploitation Awareness Day, a link to our dedicated #LookCloser campaign webpage, a link to our local Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, and links to other resources and training.
What is Child Exploitation?
Child Exploitation, or CE is a term which encompasses all the ways by which children and young people can be exploited. It includes Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and also criminal exploitation. The criminal exploitation of children is an issue which is gaining more of a national focus and is closely related to County Lines, and other ways children and young people are drawn into drugs related criminal activity.
It is NOT OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to do sexually. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right #SaySomething:
STOP CE – STOP CSE I Raise Awareness of CSE – Join the fight against CSE (stop-cse.org)
NWG Child Exploitation Awareness Day
How you can Help
On March 18, we want the world to unite against child exploitation
There are various ways you can show your support:
1. Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for our Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CEADay23 to help us raise awareness of CE. Your pledge can be anything. From speaking out, to educating others. It is your promise to the victims of child exploitation (CSE).
2. Display and use campaign posters and banners. The NWG have made copies of their posters and resources available for download:
Children’s Society #Look Closer Campaign
Running from the 27th Feb to the 3rd March the #Look Closer campaign aims to highlight the signs of child exploitation and how to report it.
The Children’s Society page can also be found here.
Eyes Open Campaign
CE Awareness Day is a good opportunity to highlight the Eyes Open campaign about County Lines and criminal exploitation.
What is County Lines?
County Lines is a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in dealing illegal drugs, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of ‘deal line.’ The gang activity is associated with drug dealing, vulnerable people, exploitation and violence.
County Lines has a devastating impact on young people, vulnerable adults and local communities.
Gangs will use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money, by criminally exploiting them. They will also seek to establish a base in target locations, typically taking over the homes of local vulnerable adults by force or coercion – this is referred to as ‘cuckooing’.
People exploited in this way will quite often be exposed to physical, mental and sexual abuse, and in some instances will be trafficked to areas a long way from home as part of the network’s drug dealing business.
Eyes Open resource pack for schools
The following video illustrates the aim of the Eyes Open campaign.
Further information and resources can be found here: https://eyes-open.co.uk/
Violence Against Women and Girls
In January 2023 the LSCP launched its Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy. The strategy aims to reduce the number of violence and sexually motivated crimes committed against women and girls, and to also reduce name calling, bullying, harassment and misogynistic comments and attitudes.
Click the image below to access the strategy.
Appropriate Language Guides
To access the Liverpool Appropriate Language Guide, click the image below.
Educate, speak out and encourage others to join us in the fight against Child Exploitation
Parents and carers can be made aware of the indicators of Child Sexual Exploitation to help spot early warning signs, they can maintain an open dialogue with their children about their online and offline activities. They can know who to contact if they have concerns.
PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) are delivering a series of parent/carer webinars about County Lines and Criminal Exploitation. The webinars include:
- Learn what county lines is
- Understand what is happening in your local area
- Understand the signs that your child might be at risk
- Learn how offenders groom and exploit children
The webinars will be hosted live over zoom. Registration is requires and further information is available on the PACE website here: https://paceuk.info/for-parents/parentwebinars/
Practitioners can help empower children and parents/carers by educating them about Child Exploitation, the grooming process, the risk factors and indicators and the contact details of local and national organisations that can offer support. Practitioners can ensure that their own knowledge of Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking is up to date.
Links to lSCP training for professionals can be found at the bottom of the page.
The leisure industry – Hotels, Taxi Companies, Take-Aways, B&B’s and Retailers all have a role to play in safeguarding children and ensuring that their staff are trained to recognise the signs of Child Exploitation and what to do if they suspect Child Exploitation by using the Community Awareness training toolkit Say Something if you See Something http://www.stop-cse.org/ssss/
Decision makers and politicians need to provide a culture in which all of the above can function and thrive and continue to play a key role in ensuring our children are safe from Child Exploitation. As a Decision maker or politician you need to ensure Your community is engaged in protecting children from Exploitation. The
The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a resource pack for Elected Members and Community Leaders:
Tackling child exploitation: resources pack | Local Government Association
People should report any concerns to the police on 101. If on a train text British Transport Police on 61016. Otherwise contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Alternatively you can contact Liverpool’s Front Door on 0151 233 3700 or the NSPCC for advice on 0808 800 5000
Always dial 999 if there is an immediate risk to a child.
Report a child at risk
If a child or young person is at risk of harm, abuse or neglect please report it to the Wirral Integrated Front Door on 0151 606 2008 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours call 0151 677 6557. In an emergency always dial 999.
Early Help and Support for Families
Early Help means taking action to support a child, young person or their family as soon as a problem emerges.