Zero Tolerance of Child Sexual Exploitation

Release Date: 16/03/2017

Richmond Council and local Police are supporting Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March by expanding it into week of activity and are calling on local businesses to help by spotting and speaking out against possible abuse.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves manipulation, for example using gifts or affection, or the coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. Perpetrators can be adults or other children and they can target their victims online as well as in person.

This week, the local Police will be working with local businesses to hold training and briefing sessions on child sexual exploitation. They will focus on the signs to look out for and what information the police would require, should they suspect CSE is occurring on their premises.

The awareness raising will be aimed at hotels, licensed premises, pub watch, taxi companies, buses, trains and children’s homes. The Police will also be visiting local schools to take assembles on sexting and promoting safety guidance.

Officers from Richmond Council will also be attending local events and meeting with young people to help raise awareness of the issue.

Cllr Stephen Speak, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“Child Sexual Exploitation is a nasty crime that can cause lasting damage to the minds and wellbeing of the victims. Keeping children safe is therefore a key priority for the Council, but everyone can play their part in helping to protect children.

“We are committed to stopping child sexual exploitation and to supporting the victims and their families, but we cannot succeed without support from across the borough. Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week is a step towards asking everyone to think; spot and speak out against the abuse of young people.”

Updated: 16 March 2017