National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 2015


The 18th March 2015 is National Child Sexual Exploitation 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.

The aim of National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is 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 or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

NWG Network, who are organising the awareness day are asking people to show their support by writing a personal pledge on their hand and posting it to social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help raise awareness of child sexual exploitation nationwide. Find out more at

For Pupils

Pupil pages on SchoolBeat

Our pupil pages allow pupils to follow-up on the lessons delivered by their School Community Police Officer. The pages allow pupils to learn more, play games and explore where they can get more advice on staying safe.

Pupils 7-11

Remember that Click CEOP is always there if you feel at risk online! 

ThinkUKnow – ThinkUKnow is a great resource which provides help and advice for schools, teachers and youth workers. It also has age-appropriate resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

MEIC – MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. MEIC believes that all children and young people have a right to have their views, wishes and feelings heard.

South West Grid for Learning – South West Grid for Learning supports schools and other organisations in safeguarding children online.

Advice from our School Community Police Officers

For Teachers

  • Our LKS2 lesson Friend or Foe raises awareness with pupils that it’s not possible to tell what a person is like just by their appearance. It helps identify potentially dangerous situations and explores coping strategies. A short DVD called Anwen’s Story highlights the importance of a child talking to a trusted adult if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
  • Our KS4 lesson Dangerous Deception is based on a real life event. In the lesson a DVD is used to describe the story of a girl called Lucy who is groomed by a man who contacted her on the internet posing as a model agency. Lucy soon becomes a victim of sexual exploitation. Using discussion and interactive activities the lesson focuses on identifying the early warning signs that all is not well and encourages pupils to discover opportunities to make positive choices and keep safe.

For Parents

  • The safeguarding section of our parents’ section offers parents advice on how to spot the signs that a child is at risk of CSE.
  • Review the lessons we offer to ensure children know how to stay safe.