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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several other useful resources that schools can access, free of charge, online.