We are encouraging everyone in the Humberside Policing area to get behind the Crimestoppers “Tell Someone Campaign”
The campaign is aimed at encouraging young people to recognise if they are being sexually exploited, to have no secrets and to tell someone. That someone can be a parent, guardian, teacher, trusted adult, police officer, or council worker.
One of the main problems in this area is young people not even knowing they are being exploited because they have been groomed by controlling, manipulative adults and they think they are in a loving relationship.
The essence of this campaign is to break down the barrier of silence. As a community, we need to start talking openly and honestly about these issues. We need to make sure young people are informed enough to make sensible, positive lifestyle choices and stay safe.
For more information about the types of CSE and how to spot the signs of CSE click here.
What is child sexual exploitation?
Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse where young people are forced or manipulated into sexual activity. The abuser may groom the young person into trusting them – this can be done face-to-face or online – and they then exploit this trust for their own gain. Child Sexual Exploitation can take many forms and victims and perpetrators can be from any social or ethnic background.
Sometimes offenders may get the young person to engage in sexual activity by giving them attention, treats, alcohol, drugs or a place to stay; sometimes they may manipulate the young person into believing they are in a consensual relationship and that they love them. Either way, the young person is being taken advantage of through this controlling behaviour; it is child abuse and the victims face huge risks to their physical, emotional and psychological health.
What does Humberside Police do to tackle child sexual exploitation?
Humberside Police are in the process of delivering child sexual exploitation awareness training to all uniformed and detective officers to identify and respond to the warnings signs of sexual exploitation when interacting with young people.
The Force now has a dedicated Team with a number of specially trained officers specifically to deal with child sexual exploitation cases and missing people not only to support and safeguard the young people but to disrupt, investigate and convict any offenders of Child Sex Offences. Humberside Police are pro actively targeting perpetrators to protect victims of child sexual exploitation which is an important part of local work with the aim of successful prosecutions with a disruption plan in place.
The dedicated team works in conjunction with multi agency partners to make sure all safeguarding measures and support is implemented to protect the young person, and engage young people in early intervention work to prevent them becoming a victim or to help victims escape the cycle of abuse.
Not in our community - Jane's Story
Not in our community aims to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of young people and the signs that someone might be at risk of being exploited. This enables young people, professionals, parents, carers and friends to protect each other from the sexual exploitation of young people.
View Jane’s Story which highlights one way in which a young person can be groomed and then exploited by an older ‘friend’. It is important to remember that there are many different forms of grooming and exploitation.