Redbridge local safeguarding children board

LSCB News:       20 February 2017

National CSE Awareness Day 18 March 2017

The LSCB is joining the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation by promoting National CSE Awareness Day.

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 in exchange for things such as money, affection or gifts. The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children. National CSE Awareness Day is a step in the fight to reduce or eradicate CSE from society. Read more about this on the National Working Group’s dedicated website and watch this space for information about local activities.

HM Government publish new definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Following an extensive consultation last year, the Government have now published a revised definition of CSE.  New guidance can be reviewed here, along with a commentary from Community Care.  The new definition is:

“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

“The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.”

Also published yesterday is the Government’s progress report on tackling CSE.

Department for Education (DfE) ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign

Redbridge LSCB are again taking part in the DfE campaign to raise awareness of child abuse and to encourage members of the public to report concerns that they may have that a child or young person is suffering from abuse or at risk of being abused.  Do join us by sharing the key messages which include spot the signs of abuse, how to raise a concern and what happens with the information provided.  The campaign website provides lots of additional information which can be signposted to.  We would encourage agencies working with children, young people and their families or carers to get involved and share via social media by ‘re-tweeting’ the LSCB, adding the link to the campaign page on websites and signatures and displaying posters.

LSCB Newsletter – Winter Edition 2017

The Winter Edition of the LSCB Newsletter is now available to view.  The Newsletter is packed full of information about Board activities, information on partners, training events and safety news.  Do have a read and share with colleagues.