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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Wednesday 18 March is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

Any young person can become a victim of CSE, regardless of their background. It happens all over the country, including here in Poole. This leaflet gives an idea of the signs to look out for that may indicate that a child is being exploited. If you have any concerns, no matter how small, that a child you know may be a victim of CSE, please contact Dorset Police on 101. You can also report in anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

For further information regarding CSE and what you can do if you think a child is being exploited, please visit our website.

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