On Friday 18 March, our utterly brilliant team were working all over London to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, to mark CSE Awareness Day. Here’s a round-up blog of what we’ve been getting up to.
We have collaborated with City & Hackney Safeguarding Children Board in the creation of a video to educate young people to identify CSE and to ‘say something’ if they are worried about a friend (or themselves). It was written by, and stars young people from Hackney. The film will be used in secondary schools across the borough.
Also in Hackney, we’ve helped to develop a leaflet to help parents spot the signs of CSE, which you can see here. On Monday 21 March, this will be delivered to every home in Hackney and the City (which is incredible) and one of our Project Managers, Reanne, spent Friday afternoon further spreading the word by handing them out to commuters at Hackney Central station – with a helping hand from a local Police Community Support Officer.
Another of our Empower Project Managers, Lisa, has been working in Waltham Forest to create a powerful video targeted at professionals. This video was created by the London Borough of Waltham Forest Council, with guidance from us.
The premise of the video is that professionals need to be aware of the language they are using, when talking about young people and CSE, and features real examples such as “She was promiscuous” and “He was putting himself at risk”.
Our fantastic Empower Early Intervention team has contributed to the Twitter campaign of #helpinghands for CSE Awareness Day by sharing their pledges to challenge harmful sexual behaviour and CSE in their work. On CSE Awareness day alone, our Early Intervention team delivered workshops to over 350 young people – covering topics to empower young people such as consent and healthy relationships.
And the Empower team in Tower Hamlets have joined in on the #helpinghands campaign too:
Empower Project Manager Sarah spent CSE Awareness day at an event in Brent, spreading the word about Empower and educating young people about consent.
An Empower Young People’s Advocate, Tash, attended a CSE Awaremess event at Mulberry Place, armed with leaflets.
Children & Young People Now conference
And last but not least, our Senior Programmes Manager Vic Cousins delivered a presentation on Vicarious Trauma at a Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Prevention and Treatment event run by Children & Young People Now.
Our Empower programme reduces sexual violence and exploitation across London. We deliver intensive support and education programmes for young people affected by sexual exploitation, combined with high quality training and advice for the adults involved in their care. We also specialise in sexual exploitation work in the context of gang related violence, with support provided by our skilled, experienced staff and volunteers. Learn more about Empower.