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Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Manager - Blog April 2019

Last updated by Chelsey Reynolds on Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Last month saw the release of the new Essex Safeguarding Children Board, ‘Parents, Did You Know?’ campaign created to support National CSE Awareness Day on the 18th March 2019.  The aim of the campaign was to provide greater information, support and advice to parents and carers around not only sexual exploitation but also wider forms of exploitation, such as criminal exploitation through county lines and gang associated activities.  It also acknowledges that traumatic circumstances experienced through exploitation can also be felt by the parent/carer and wider family not just the child themselves.   The campaign had great engagement with a reach of 100,000 on Facebook alone.  A range of partners supported the campaign including; Essex Police, Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council, North East Essex CCG, Braintree District Council, Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner and Harlow Council and it was featured on Heart news. 

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Following on from this campaign we have joined up with Barnardo’s and The Children’s Society to run a number of events across Essex which will support parents and carers to learn more about criminal and sexual exploitation, gangs, trafficking, children missing and online sexual abuse.  The events will feature stalls from organisations that deliver services to parents, booths for one-to-one chats with a range of experts, and a time-table of expert talks which can be booked in advance or drop-in on the day.


There is much we can all do to get the message out to families that there are services, interventions and resources available to them.  Some simple examples are:


  • Share the police child exploitation parent hotline number (01245 452058) with families and encourage them to store it safely and use the number to share any information or concerns they might have directly and confidentially with Essex Police.
  • Share details of, or support a parent/carer to attend, one of our Parent’s Did You Know? Events across Essex. Dates and venues of events and further details are on the ESCB website
  • Encourage parent/carer to book a seat at one of the time-tabled talks during the parent events.
  • Support them to access one-to-one telephone advice or online parent forum through Parents Against Child Exploitation.


As always, please feel free to contact me to discuss anything within my blog or in relation to child exploitation.