To support National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, Bondholder Safe and Sound is offering awareness sessions to youth and community groups about child sexual exploitation.
Safe and Sound specialises in providing individual support for children and young people aged up to 18 across Derbyshire who have experienced or are at risk of child sexual exploitation.
The charity also visits schools and community groups – thanks to funding from Children in Need - to highlight the issue and the warning signs that young people, parents and carers should be alert to.
Child Sexual Exploitation (commonly referred to as CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse and takes many different forms from rape and sexual assault to online grooming and encouraging children to share inappropriate images of themselves.
The key factor is that individuals or groups take advantage of young people by manipulating or deceiving them into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants.
This could range from money and alcohol to less tangible things such as the attention that they crave at a vulnerable time in their lives.
Catherine Arkley, Chair of Safe and Sound, said: “Safe and Sound’s specialist team has provided support to children as young as eight across Derbyshire.
“We listen to the young person, help them to recognise that what they have experienced is not their fault and arm them with the knowledge and confidence to help them be aware of the signs in the future.”
To book an awareness session and for more information about these issues, how Safe and Support can help and how to support the charity’s work in Derbyshire, please visit www.safeandsoundgroup.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter @safeandsoundgroup