How can schools raise awareness of CSE

Research indicates that young people having a knowledge of healthy relationships and consent is a protective factor and decreases vulnerability to sexual exploitation. This education should begin in Primary School, embedded in a comprehensive Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) programme. 

Recent inquiries have indicated that peer on peer child sexual exploitation is the most common form of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across the UK, and some forms of peer on peer abuse e.g. sharing indecent images of a child via smart phone technology and sexual bullying can occur on school premises. With this in mind, it is important that schools inform young people about these issues.

Primary School Support

For Primary Schools wishing to access available age-appropriate resources for CSE, a matrix has been developed that collates all of these in one place.

Primary School CSE Resources

Secondary School Support

For Secondary pupils, a local project involving the Youth Independent Advisory Group (YIAG), the Met Police and Safer London is currently providing free of charge sessions to schools to raise awareness of CSE amongst pupils. 

Diverse Voices has been commissioned through FAP funding to deliver workshops around Healthy Relationships for pupils in years 6-8. 

For more information and to book contact Dwayne and Alex directly at info@diversevoices.co.uk

Useful Resources

There are several other useful resources that schools can access, free of charge, online. 

  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has a wide range of video resources which are available via download with teacher's packs and include a number of session plans. Registration only takes 5 minutes and staff can then access a number of different packages dependent on the age of the young people and what they would like to cover in the session. 
  • The NSPCC has produced a short animated film, you can watch below, about CSE which is the real story of a young woman and is narrated by her. 
  • The Home Office and Government Equalities Office have produced a new campaign Disprespect Nobody showing healthy relationships are all about respecting each other.
  • Further information on what schools can do, see the NSPCC factsheet for schools on how to protect children from CSE.
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Last update: Thursday 8th of August 2019 10:48:11 AM