Lessons in how to spot child exploitation


YOUNG Wigan people, parents and carers are being offered a free course to help them spot the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

CSE is an issue which Wigan Council and its partners take extremely seriously and the awareness raising course is just one of the many initiatives being launched as part of Wigan Safeguarding Children Board’s “The more you know the more you see” campaign.

The campaign, being launched by the board at its CSE conference on Thursday, aims to raise awareness among children, young people, parents and carers, and those who may come into contact with victims.

Council chief executive Donna Hall will open the conference, and speakers include key professionals involved in tackling CSE.

The number of children affected by child sexual exploitation is on the rise and research suggests that many parents lack knowledge and confidence about the subject, with 42 per cent of those asked admitting that they were not aware of the issues. Kath Nelson, chair of Wigan Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Many parents will have heard about CSE, but not all will know how to spot the signs or how to prevent it. That’s why we’re launching the campaign – the more you know the more you see. It’s about opening people’s eyes to the signs and educating them about what to say or do in that situation.

“As a parent, keeping up with the latest social media sites, or keeping tabs on your teenage child can be difficult, but this course, among the other initiatives we’ll be launching this year, will give them the confidence to parent during the digital age.”

To access the free online course for parents and carers visit: www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/resources/keep-them-safe/ For details on the WSCB training for young people: “Keep yourself safe” contact wscbtraining@wigan.gov.uk. Those concerned about a child’s safety should call 0161 8725050 or visit www.wiganlscb.com