Safeguarding Board Child Sexual Exploitation Western area event

Published October 15, 2014 by JS2

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An event to raise community awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation, organised by the Western Area Panel of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, will take place in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh, next Thursday morning, October 23, at 9.30am.

An event to raise community awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation, organised by the Western Area Panel of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, will take place in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh, next Thursday morning, October 23, at 9.30am.

Western Area Safeguarding Panel Chairman, John Toner explained that the Safeguarding Board public awareness campaign to tackle the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation in NI was launched in June 2014.

“The campaign “The More You Know, The More You See” has increased public awareness around this form of child sexual abuse,” said Mr. Toner, adding: ” We are bringing this event to the community in the Western area to give everyone, involved with young people, an opportunity to hear more and talk to leading experts on the subject. Anyone in the community who works with young people is welcome and should come along. Places can be reserved by contactingSiobhan.doran@westerntrust.hscni.net.“

Helen McKenzie, Professional Officer, SBNI, leading on Child Sexual Exploitation says “Safeguarding is everyone’s business so the Safeguarding Board have developed this campaign, The More You Know, the More You See to raise public awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).”

She noted: “This is a form of child sexual abuse which sees children and young people manipulated or forced by their abuser into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or wants, for example affection, alcohol, drugs, accommodation. Child Sexual Exploitation can happen to any young person regardless of social or ethnic background. We are encouraging the public to read the information available on our literature or our safeguarding website www.safertoknow.info. Many sources of information and support are available.”

A second phase of the campaign to be rolled out next year, will specifically target children and young people as well as parents and carers.

Helen said she is delighted with the response so far from their member agencies and partners. She said: “They have shown a great willingness to get involved in getting our campaign message out to the public.”

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