In the lead up to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness day which falls on Sunday March 18th 2018, North Wales Police are joining up with various organisations to hold awareness events across North Wales, including a pop-up event at Curry’s/PC World in Bangor on Sunday 11th March.
Child Sexual Exploitation is when an individual or group uses their position to deceive or manipulate a young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity and abuse them. This does not always involve physical contact, it can also occur through technology such as online messaging or apps.
Many young people who are abused do not view themselves as victims and so do not report it or ask for help. CSE can be difficult to detect since the young person may believe they are in a loving relationship. That is why it is important to be able to spot the signs and report the abuse.
Representatives from North Wales Police, NSPCC and Victim Support will be present at Curry’s/ PC World in Bangor on Sunday 11th March to speak to parents who are buying electronic devices for their children about how to spot the signs of CSE and prevent young people from being targeted as well as answering any other questions you may have.
The aim of the events is to create an opportunity to have conversations with parents, guardians, staff members and youths about online safety and online grooming in the hope that this will prevent them leading to CSE.
More awareness of the signs of CSE will hopefully result in an increase in reporting, disrupt offenders and increase the safeguarding of vulnerable young people.