National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week

It’s National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Week from 12-18 March and in Sutton we want to make sure that every parent, young person and professional is aware of what CSE is, what the signs are and what help is available.

Sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse, in which a young person is manipulated, or forced into taking part in a sexual act. This could be as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or somewhere to stay.

This type of abuse could happen to any young person from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women.

In Sutton, we have a tremendous amount of support and advice available for families who are affected by CSE.  Please join us on Tuesday, 13 March at St Nicholas Shopping Centre, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, where we will have a stand and where you can talk with Health, Police, Social Work and Voluntary Organisations or collect information about all the resources we have.

If you are worried about a young person now, do not wait, please call the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) on 020 8770 6001.

For more information visit the website.