Welcome to our second day of our countdown to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day 2017. Saturday 18 March is national CSE Awareness Day. To mark this and to spread awareness, we are counting down by sharing some facts about CSE.
MYTH: Parents or carers of sexually exploited young people must be bad or have done something wrong.
FACT: CSE can happen to anyone. Often parents are the first to notice that something is wrong and seek help.
This myth is an interesting one as parents that we work with sometimes feel as though they’ve done something wrong, or if they are to blame for what is happening to their child. In fact, most child sexual exploitation happens outside of the family home, and parents often play a vital role in seeking help and support. It is really important that services do not imply that CSE is the parents’ fault.
This is why we launched our Empower Families programme last year, offering one-to-one support to the parents and carers of sexually exploited young people. We know that they need support too. We also run regular peer workshops for parents, so that they can meet likeminded parents in a similar situation.
Last year, we worked one-to-one with hundreds of young people experiencing child sexual exploitation, or those who were at risk. We also work in schools running sessions raising awareness of exploitation, consent, and healthy relationships. Click here to find out more about our award-winning Empower programme.
What is child sexual exploitation?
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.
CSE Awareness Day 2017
Find out more about the CSE Awareness Day campaign, including ways to show your support on the STOP CSE website.