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Help to prevent Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse.

Young people are tricked or forced into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or wants, including; affection, money, drugs or accommodation. An individual or group can take advantage of and abuse a young person face to face or with the use of technology.                                               

What are we doing in schools? 

CSE impacts both the child and family. We are working proactively to prevent as many people as possible from being affected. This includes supporting the work of the Choices Programme, which aims to enable primary and secondary school children to make informed safer decisions. The Choices programme is offered to every Slough school and is currently being rolled out across primary settings. The aim is to prevent children being exploited, by giving them the tools to recognise abusive or grooming behaviours.

CSE rarely happens in isolation, with victims often suffering multiple types of abuse.

Indicators 

Below are a few of the indicators you may become concerned about. 

  • Staying out overnight or going missing.
  • Skipping school and/or other planned activities.
  • Coming home with money, clothes, jewellery or a mobile phone they can’t account for.
  • Having an older boyfriend or girlfriend you are concerned about.
  • Using drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Losing contact with family and/or friends of their own age.
  • Self-harming or low self-esteem.
  • Being secretive about where they go and who they see.
  • Chatting to people online they have never met and being defensive about their online usage. 

Are you the parent or carer of a child in school year 4 or above?  

We invite you to come along to a free information session, as below. 

  • Cippenham Community Centre, Earls Lane - 2 April, 10-11.30am or 7-8.30pm.
  • Britwell Centre, Wentworth Avenue - 4 April, 10-11.30am or 7-8.30pm.
  • Langley Pavilion, Langley Road - 9 April, 10-11.30am or 7-8.30pm.
  • Upton Lea Community Centre, Wexham Road - 23 April, 7-8.30pm or 25 April, 10-11.30am.

By attending a free information session:

  • you will be able to find out more about how to keep your child safe from exploitation
  • you will hear what to do next, when you are concerned
  • you’ll receive updates on how the Choices Programme is being rolled out across schools, so you can better support your child’s learning.

Please do not bring children under 18 to these sessions.

For more information, contact Nadine Barrett (CSE and Trafficking Co-ordinator) at nadine.barrett@slough.gov.uk or on 01753 875450. 

CSE is a crime! 

If you are worried about any child’s safety please contact:

  • Children’s One Front Door - 01753 875362
  • Police non-emergency line - 101
  • Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111 (you can pass on information anonymously).

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