To support national CSE Awareness Day this year, Essex Safeguarding Children Board will be raising awareness of Online Child Sexual Abuse, including the issue of youth produced sexual imagery.
Children and young people are often the experts in navigating around the internet, and the online world is becoming increasingly available to them through the use of smart phones, varied and changing aps, online gaming and internet sites. A survey in Essex reported that above 80% of Year 6 pupils and 95% of Year 8 pupils reported that they had a mobile phone with access to the internet. The threat of abuse is a serious one, online abuse is present in over 60% of our investigations across Essex in respect of child sexual exploitation.
During the week following the 18th March we are asking organisations and schools to support the campaign to reach out to parents and to children and young people so that we can share messages.
Briefing paper for workforce
Briefing paper for schools