Commissioner unveils new CSE poster campaign designed by youngsters18 March, 2016
“Don’t be x-ploited online” – that’s the message of a new hard hitting campaign designed by Lancashire school pupils to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
The new poster campaign is the latest phase of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Constabulary’s the More You Know, the More You See campaign and are being released to coincide with national CSE awareness day on Friday, March 18.
The posters were designed by youngsters from St Augustine’s High School, in Whalley and further enhanced with comments and suggestions from school children all across Lancashire at the young people’s CSE conference late last year.
Mr Grunshaw said: “Our campaign, which also uses the social media hashtag #knowthesigns, started three years ago to help professionals and those who come into contact with young people to understand what grooming and exploitation may look like.
“The latest phase of the campaign is designed to reach out to the young people themselves and understand the risks they face encouraging conversation and debate that hopefully will help prevent them and their friends from being abused.”
Clive added: “Both victims and groomers can come from any background – this campaign makes that clear encouraging youngsters to question why people may be befriending them or their peers.
“The young people at St Augustine’s worked with staff from my office and Constabulary along with a graphic artist to come up with the latest designs.
“As well as the message that groomers can come from any walk of life, they also aim to highlight the role of on-line gaming as an avenue which can be exploited by those looking to exploit boys too.”
Detective Superintendent Sue Clarke from Lancashire Police Public Protection Unit said: “I am thrilled with the enthusiasm and innovation demonstrated by the young people in further developing Lancashire’s much recognised CSE campaign materials ‘The more you know, the more you see’.
“These new resources will help us continue our work preventing the exploitation of children and young people in Lancashire and working with partners to bring offenders to justice.”
Michael Wright, Headteacher of St Augustine’s RC High School said: “A number of our students have been involved in Child Sexual Exploitation conferences organised in Lancashire over the last couple of years and felt they were in a strong position to contribute to the creation of the posters for the CSE campaign, focussing on areas that they felt would resonate with school-aged children.
“This is not an easy topic to deal with and our pupils showed a great deal of maturity and sensitivity in the creation of the new posters. CSE is rightly seen as a priority in safeguarding our young people and anything that can done to highlight the issue with children and reduce their exposure to risk is of great benefit.”