Blackpool Council is supporting a campaign by Lancashire Police to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Lancashire police has launched a new webpage offering support and advice around CSE.
Lancashire Constabulary is committed to prevent child sexual abuse, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice. It is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere - regardless of their social or ethnic background.
It involves offenders grooming youngsters and using their power to sexually abuse them. It can take many forms, whether it occurs through a seemingly 'consensual' relationship with an older boyfriend, or a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, alcohol or cigarettes.
Sexual exploitation is child abuse and, although they may not realise it, it puts the young victim at huge risk of damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health.
Many young people who are being abused do not realise they are at risk and will not call for help. They may see themselves as willing participants when in fact their behaviour is anything but consenting.
And, while there is no stereotypical victim of exploitation, there are warning signs in children's behaviour that may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what you're looking for, you can take steps to help them.
Cllr Sarah Riding, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s vitally important that we make sure Blackpool children are protected and don’t become victims of any form of exploitation.
“We work extremely closely with the police to make sure that children are safe. I would encourage anybody who thinks they might know somebody who is being exploited, or is at risk of being, to contact the police or the Council’s social services.
“This new webpage offers useful advice and anybody who wants to find out more should have a look and read through the information.”
To visit the webpage, simply go to www.lancashire.police.uk/cse
Posted on Monday 16th September 2013