As part of raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) the Blackburn with Darwen Engage Team are coming into Blackburn Central High School for the week commencing 15 January 2018 to deliver assemblies and some pastoral sessions.
These sessions will help young people better understand what CSE is, what forms it can take (i.e. online, in person) so that they are aware of the risks and where to get help and support if they are concerned about themselves or a friend.
Blackburn with Darwen Engage Team is a multi-agency service made up of children’s services, police, voluntary sector and health workers.
Engage works to identify and support children and young people at risk of grooming and sexual exploitation, work with their families, raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) with parents and professionals and bring offenders to justice.
CSE is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – regardless of their social or ethnic background.
PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) is the leading national charity working with parents and carers of sexually exploited children and is a partner within the Engage Team.
They will be attending school on Thursday 18 January 2018 at 5.30pm, to speak to parents about the ‘Keep Your Child Safe’ resource which provides advice and guidance for parents & carers.
This is an opportunity to learn more about CSE, be aware of the support available for parents/carers and equip parents with the knowledge and tools to act if you are (or become) concerned.
We hope you will come along to learn more about the signs of child sexual exploitation. Further information can also be found at: www.paceuk.info
If your child raises some concerns with you about themselves or a friend, please speak with school’s safeguarding team on 01254 505700 who will be able to advise you accordingly.
Deputy Safeguarding Lead