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Child sexual exploitation awareness campaign to launch

A Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Raising Campaign will launch in Dumfries and Galloway next month.
 
The Public Protection Committee of Dumfries and Galloway Council identified the issue as a priority area and it is being taken forward as a campaign in partnership with NSPCC to launch on Monday March 18, in line with the National CSE Awareness Day.
 
The campaign – It Happens Here – will highlight the issue of CSE among children, young people, parents, carers, practitioners and the wider community. It will also detail how to spot the signs of this type of abuse and where to go for help and include a preventative approach.
 
This will encourage children and young people to think about what a healthy relationship looks like and to encourage them to speak out if they have concerns or feel like they are being forced to do something they are not comfortable with.
 
It will make use of printed materials, traditional media, social media as well as various face-to-face sessions within schools, youth work sessions, leisure and sport sessions and community events.
 
More information regarding Child Sexual Exploitation will be available on the new Public Protection Partnership Website, which will launch next month – www.dgppp.org.uk.
 
The ‘It happens Here – Child Sexual Exploitation’ campaign launch will take place on Wednesday March 13 from 4.30pm to 6pm at the Baptist Church Centre, on Craig’s Road, Dumfries.
 
A wide range of resources aiming to raise awareness across the region of CSE with young people, parents/carers, professionals, businesses and the general public will be on display and an overview of the campaign plans provided.
 
There will also be a screening of the newly released “It’s not OK” films developed by NSPCC. Following the success of the live tour, which has so far reached more than 25,000 young people across the UK, the NSPCC has further commissioned colleagues from the School of Performance and Media Production at York St John University to develop the play into an online digital resource.
 
The films feature the same four characters as in the play, exploring issues around child sexual abuse, exploitation, sexting, relationships and consent.
 
Throughout the duration of the “It Happens Here” campaign in Dumfries and Galloway, the films will be used with young people in school and youth work settings. This is the first opportunity for local professionals to see them and find out more.
 
The FREE launch event is suitable for everyone, including staff across all sectors, volunteers, parents/carers, and young people (must be attending with a parent or professional).
 
If you wish to attend this campaign launch session please email karen.brown@dumgal.gov.uk by Friday March 1.
* For more on the issue go to NSPCC – Preventing abuse.