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Brighton & Hove LSCB: National CSE Awareness Day 
Friday 18 March 2016

Friday 18th March is National CSE Awareness Day. 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. The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, organised by the NWG Network,  aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against this abuse. 
You can show your support by writing a personal pledge on the 18th March and posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. Find out more at www.stop-cse.org  

Multi-Agency CSE Resource Pack

It is important that we work together to spot the signs of CSE and know who to report any concerns to. As such Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board, in association with the Safe in the City Partnership, have produced a Multi-Agency Resource Pack which launches on National CSE Awareness Day. This will equip professionals and the wider community with information on how to respond to concerns about sexual exploitation in Brighton & Hove. Please read the resource pack at bit.ly/CSEresources and visit the LSCB website for further information: www.brightonandhovelscb.org.uk

Brighton & Hove LSCB have identified tackling sexual harm and violence towards children as a priority area of business on our 2016 – 19 Business Plan. We want to continue our work with all agencies and communities to ensure that the services provided to eradicate CSE are easy to access, joined up and effective. Whilst developing this plane we spoke to local children who agreed that Sexual Harm is very important to focus on stopping, rating its importance as 5 out of 5 and saying ‘They [children] need to be talked to about this so they know how to keep safe and make the right choices and decisions’

Sussex-wide Stop CSE Campaign

Our resource pack is released alongside a wider campaign to raise awareness of, and stop, CSE in Sussex by Sussex Police and the three local safeguarding children’s boards. We hope that you have seen the posters across the county or some of the posts on social media. This campaign is currently in its second phase focussing on getting key messages to children (12-18 years) and professionals whose job find them in contact with children. April will see the launch of the third phase, targeting those who may see CSE through their work in the night-time economy; in particular taxi drivers and those who work in hotels and B&Bs.  For more information on this campaign please visit bit.ly/StopCSESussex #StopCSE

CSE Training

The LSCB in partnership with The Wise Project  run two multi-agency training courses on Child Sexual Exploitation. The first day Preventing & Disrupting the Sexual Exploitation of Children & Young People helps professionals understand the sexual exploitation of children and young people and what places a young person at risk, equips them with knowledge of prevalence and forms of young people’s sexual exploitation in Brighton & Hove, helps them recognise vulnerabilities and risk indicators and tells them how to get support for young people who are exploited.

The second day Child Sexual Exploitation: Working with Young People at Risk goes on to help provide workers with the confidence and skills to work with young people around issues relating to CSE, and includes an enhanced focus on online safety and police disruption techniques as well as an outline of the local picture of CSE with reference to serious case review recommendations.

To book these sessions, or find out about other safeguarding training provided by the LSCB please visit www.brightonandhovelscb.org.uk/events  
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