Unite against child exploitation

Child Exploitation Awareness Day.

Lichfield District Council is joining organisations across the UK to highlight National Child Exploitation Awareness Day. The day aims to highlight issues surrounding child exploitation.

Lichfield District Council is joining organisations across the UK to highlight the signs of abuse as part of national Child Exploitation Awareness Day.

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day is taking place today (18 March 2020). It aims to highlight issues surrounding child exploitation. It encourages 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 day is organised by the NWG Network, which is committed to the fight against child exploitation and supporting victims and their families.

Councillor Ashley Yates, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, said:

“This day aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding child exploitation as it is only together that we can work to inform, educate and prevent child abuse within the UK.”

More information about the national Stop Child Exploitation Day is available www.stop-cse.org.

Abuse may show some of these signs:

  • A new, older friend
  • Sudden, unusual mood changes
  • A new phone or other gifts appearing out of the blue
  • Having marks or scars on their body they try to hide
  • Avoiding usual friends and family
  • Taking excess alcohol or drugs
  • Spending a lot of time online or on mobile phones
  • Skipping school
  • Not coming home or going missing

There is more information and resources to help young people, parents and businesses understand what child exploitation is, how recognise the warning signs, and know how to report it, is available at www.knowaboutcse.co.uk.

Anyone who suspects a child is at immediate harm from exploitation should Call 999.

Anyone who is concerned that a child in Staffordshire is at risk of significant harm should contact First Response on 0800 1313 126 or Staffordshire Police on 101.

Published: 18 March 2020