Essex Police is launching a new scheme to try and combat sexual exploitation and grooming. It shines a spotlight on how grooming and sexual exploitation can be a part of the wider exploitation of children, such as trafficking, criminal exploitation by gangs and organised crime networks.
This year’s campaign identifies with young people who may feel trapped through the grooming process to commit crime and abuse other young people and importantly emphasise that they can get help and support too.
For each day of the campaign week, there will be key messages published on social media using the hashtag #KnowAboutCSE, to reach young people and parents.
The messages will highlight some of the crimes that young people may find themselves engaging in, such as selling drugs or displaying abusive, violent behaviour, and how young people can stay safe.
Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne said:
“This campaign aims to reach victims who may feel that they cannot seek support because they are afraid or are worried they might get in trouble.
“We want to raise awareness of the devastating impact of child sexual exploitation and ensure young people and parents know where they can go for advice and support.
“If you have any concerns that you or a child you know could be a victim of CSE, we urge you to get in touch.”