We are committed to helping safeguard our children by encouraging residents to spot the signs and highlight the fact that CSE can, and does happen in West Sussex.
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.
- Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation
- The safeguarding of children is everybody’s business
- Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl from any background
To show our commitment to stop CSE in West Sussex, we have launched our own countywide campaign to make people aware of the issue, so be sure to keep checking back to this site as we develop our resources.
The campaign aims to target three main audiences, young people, parents and carers and professionals and one of our key pieces of work is a written promise for young people, signed by West Sussex County Council, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, and the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. The promise, which sets out what support and respect young people can expect in the county, has been shared with a wide range of stakeholders including district and borough councils and MPs and can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Spot the Signs:
- Out of education
- Signs of physical harm
- Change in usual behaviour
- Missing for periods of time
- Unexplained gifts/possessions
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Drug & alcohol misuse
Other continuing work to tackle CSE in the county includes supporting the Sussex Police campaign with library posters; delivering focused training to professionals to spot the signs and use the new screening tools available; and launching a range of blogs and materials around healthy relationships aimed at young people.