CSE Awareness Day is on Saturday 18th March is organised by the national charity NWG Network (Photograph: Stop CSE)
CSE Awareness Day is on Saturday 18th March is organised by the national charity NWG Network (Photograph: Stop CSE)

People in Birmingham are being urged to unite against child sexual exploitation (CSE) and make a personal pledge to help tackle the abuse.

Councils across the West Midlands, including Birmingham City Council, along with West Midlands Police are supporting national CSE awareness day on Saturday 18th March.

Organised by the national charity NWG Network, which is dedicated to helping combat CSE, the day aims to encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse.

On the day people are asked to write a personal pledge on their hands and then post a photo of it on social media using #HelpingHands. The pledge can be anything, from speaking out, to educating others.

CSE Awareness Day aims to encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse (Photograph: Stop CSE)
CSE Awareness Day aims to encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse (Photograph: Stop CSE)

Dudley, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull and Coventry councils along with the police and partner organisations are working together to raise the profile of CSE in the region through the see me, hear me campaign.

It aims to increase people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs in a child or young person’s behaviour that may indicate something is wrong.

Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children, families and schools, said:

“This day is an opportunity for us to further increase awareness of CSE and how people can spot the warning signs.

“We’d like as many people as possible to get involved. Make a personal pledge, post a photo on social media and then act on what you’ve decided to do.

Stop CSE aims to increase people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs in a child or young person’s behaviour that may indicate something is wrong (Photograph: Stop CSE)
Stop CSE aims to increase people’s understanding of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the warning signs in a child or young person’s behaviour that may indicate something is wrong (Photograph: Stop CSE)

“We all have our part to play in stopping this horrendous abuse. The more aware we are of the signs, the greater chance we have to stop the abuse and protect our young people.

“Please visit www.seeme-hearme.org.uk to find out more and make your own pledge on March 18 to help stop this abuse.”

Warning signs of CSE include having friends who are older, persistently going missing, secretive relationships with unknown adults, truancy from school, chronic fatigue, constant calls on a mobile phone and the possession of money or new things.

West Midlands councils along with the police and partner organisations are working together to raise the profile of CSE in the region (Image: Stop CSE)
West Midlands councils along with the police and partner organisations are working together to raise the profile of CSE in the region (Image: Stop CSE)

To find out more about the national CSE awareness day, visit www.stop-cse.org

Anyone who is concerned about the safety of a young person should call West Midlands Police on 101, speak in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or in an emergency call 999.

Childline also have counsellors available online at www.childline.org.uk

People can find out more information about child sexual exploitation by visiting www.seeme-hearme.org.uk

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