Both the Essex Children in Care Council and the ‘I Didn’t Know’ Campaign have received nominations at the National Working Group’s (NWG) Unsung Hero Awards, which aim to recognise those who have made significant, ongoing contribution to tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE).
The NWG is a charitable organisation, formed as a network of practitioners that disseminate information on CSE and trafficking within the UK. Find out about its broader work and CSE Response Unit here.
Care leavers from the Children in Care Council are nominated in the Inspiring Voices Category, for their time in developing projects and training to support vulnerable young people and raise awareness for staff working with them. This has included delivering workshops to Essex school pupils, training professionals and being peer leaders in the Choices programme for 13 – 17 years old.
They were also part of the team that created the video project that inspired the larger scale I Didn’t Know campaign, which has been nominated in the Working Together Category.
Southend, Essex and Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Boards and Essex Police partnered up to raise awareness about CSE across the wider Essex area and support communities in understanding the issue and how to get support. This included targeted activities, such as the Safer Seafront Campaign and the Schools Project.
During the campaign’s launch week in 2016, a reach of nearly 1.5m was achieved on social media feeds and it has also won both the Gold Award at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards and the Partnership Working Category at the You Make the Difference Awards in Essex.
I Didn't Know Campaign runs 13-18 March 2017
The campaign returns on 13th March, in the lead up to National CSE Awareness Day, on Saturday 18th March. This year’s campaign identifies with young people who may feel trapped through the grooming process to commit crime and abuse other young people and importantly, emphasise that they can get help and support too.
For each day of the campaign week, there will be key messages published on social media using the hashtag #KnowAboutCSE, to reach young people and parents. We will be posting media links throughout the week on these channels, so show your support by sharing and liking the posts. Follow ESCB on Facebook and Twitter and follow Essex Police on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.