How can schools raise awareness of CSE?
Research indicates that young people having a knowledge of healthy relationships and consent is a protective factor and decreases vulnerability to sexual exploitation. Recent inquiries have also indicated that peer on peer child sexual exploitation is the most common form of 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.
This education should begin in Primary School, embedded in a comprehensive SRE programme. 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.
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. Find out more and enquire about booking a session.
In addition, 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 email@example.com.
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There are several other useful resources that schools can access, free of charge, online. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has a wide range of video resources which are available via download with teacher's packs and include a number of session plans. Registration only takes 5 minutes and staff can then access a number of different packages dependent on the age of the young people and what they would like to cover in the session. Visit the CEOP website's resources portal.
Several of the CEOP videos are also available on YouTube and can be accessed by searching "CEOP" in the YouTube search box. The NSPCC has also produced a short animated film about CSE which is the real story of a young woman and is narrated by her. This video can be accessed on YouTube by searching "JAY NSPCC" in the YouTube search box or you can watch it below.
CEOP have produced the campaign "This is ABUSE" in partnership with the PSHE Association and the Home Office. There is a comprehensive discussion guide available which can be used in PSHE lessons to inform young people about healthy relationships.
For further information on what schools can do, see the NSPCC factsheet for schools on how to protect children from CSE.
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