The 18th March is the annual National Child Exploitation Awareness Day which aims to highlight the issues surrounding child exploitation, and encourages everyone to Think Twice, Think Abuse.  2024 marks the 10th anniversary of this awareness day.

Child Exploitation is a form of abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18. It encompasses all the ways in which children and young people can be exploited, including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and criminal exploitation.  National Child Exploitation Awareness Day encourages everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse, and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

Please visit the Stop Child Exploitation website for information about how you can spot the warning signs that may signify that children or young people are being groomed and exploited.

If you have any concerns about a child or young person, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01364 645430 (Monday to Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm).  You can also find contact details for the Police and Social Services on our website by clicking HERE