Hampshire Constabulary needs our help to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) amongst our followers! We’re big advocates of keeping children safe and this is our opportunity to raise awareness of such an important and hidden issue.
Visit www.alicesdiary.org to read the harrowing story unfold.
So what is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status. Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online. Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs. Child sexual exploitation is a hidden crime. Young people often trust their abuser and don’t understand that they’re being abused. They may depend on their abuser or be too scared to tell anyone what’s happening. It can involve violent, humiliating and degrading sexual assaults. In some cases, young people are persuaded or forced into exchanging sexual activity for money, drugs, gifts, affection or status. Child sexual exploitation doesn’t always involve physical contact and can happen online. People who sexually exploit children are often described as highly manipulative individuals. They exert power over young people through physical violence, emotional blackmail or financial pressure, for example holding them in debt.
How to help make this stop?
We’ll be helping to tweet about the Warning Signs of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), how to spot the signs in children and loved ones and sharing some real life stories of how CSE can have a devastating impact on family life. There will be LIVE tweets from police officers and experts in the field to offer advice, answer questions and signpost people to help.
Twitter Live Chat
Wednesday 25th May 8-9pm
You may ask, well what’s in it for me?
Well, nothing apart from doing a good deed, Hampshire Constabulary have a limited budget and that’s why your help is more important than ever. Hampshire Constabulary have never utilise bloggers in this way (actually it’s the first time a police force in the country has reached out for help from parenting bloggers!). They need our online communities and social media reach to help raise awareness and tackle this serious crime and keep children safe. You have the power, your followers might spot a warning sign in their child. Imaging if we helped just one family address CSE and report it, we could stop the cycle of CSE and prevent another child from getting hurt!
So will you join us?
Even a simple RT of Hampshire Constabulary ‘s #CSEHelpMe tweets could help save a child on your newsfeed from a secret world of CSE. It’s more common than you think…you can make a difference.
These are the warning signs:
- Acting secretively
- Having mood swings or changes in behaviour or emotional wellbeing
- They’re absent or truant from school or show a lack of interest or sudden poor performance
- Going missing or regularly coming home late
- Coming home with unexplained or new possessions
- Drug or alcohol misuse
- Becoming suddenly hostile or estranged from their family or friends
- Dramatic changes to their appearance, maybe wearing inappropriate clothing
- They’re seen getting into or out of vehicles with unknown adults
- They become involved in petty crime such as shoplifting or stealing
- They have more than one or share their boyfriend or girlfriend
- They become sexually active, pregnant or seeking an abortion or treatment for sexual diseases
- They’re getting phone calls and/or text messages from unknown adults
- They have unexplained injuries consistent with sexual or physical assault
- They self-harm or are having suicidal thoughts or tendencies
- They’re behaving inappropriately, being over-familiar with strangers, sending sexual images via the internet or mobile phones
More about the campaign
Hampshire Constabulary’s CSE Campaign art direction ties in with the new movie release of Alice in Wonderland – Through the Looking Glass in May. Using this iconic story to help illustrate the warning signs of CSE in a visual and creative way to tap into the minds of children. The campaign’s striking artwork, illustrated by Southsea artist Roma-May Daly, aims to make people surrounding a victim of CSE aware of the signs.
Supported by partners including the Portsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Safeguarding boards and local authorities the campaign officially launches on Wednesday, May 25.
As part of the campaign Alice’s Diary blog is also being launched. The blog written by 15-year-old ‘Alice’, her friends, family and teachers goes into detail about how CSE happens and can be identified by those around her. It will also be a source of help and support to tackle CSE.
Hampshire Constabulary would really appreciate your help and as a small thank you they’d like to offer you a designed badge to proudly display on your blog to show your support for the CSE Campaign.
Please find the html badge below to cut and paste into your side bars or just lift the image.
Artwork to tweet out should you wish. Please use #CSEHelpMe to get involved
Campaign homepage for more artwork and information
We’ll be supporting…..will you?
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If you are a business, press or a blogger and would like further details about the campaign please contact Natalie Galloway, the media lead on 101 at Hampshire Constabulary – Quoting ‘CSEHelpMe’.