Child protection leads are backing two new ways people can pledge their support for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Alongside the CEASE - Commitment to Eradicate Abuse and Sexual Exploitation - online pledge, residents can now support the campaign by texting CEASE to 87007, or signing big ‘CEASE hands’ which are being distributed across the area.
CEASE is a major multi-agency drive aiming to get everyone who lives and or works in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to sign a pledge to combat CSE.
Leads from Leicestershire County Council are supporting the text line by having photos taken of their hands promoting the number – this links in national CSE awareness day run by charity NWG Network on 18 March.
CSE is a despicable crime which we will not tolerate.Person:Councillor Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families
Over the past few years, we’ve worked closely with the police, health and other partners to help people recognise CSE and hone the specialist support provided to victims. A joint council-police CSE team set up in 2014 is already making a difference by securing convictions and we’ve seen a large rise in reported concerns, showing our awareness raising is working.
CEASE is designed to further help people spot the signs of CSE and I urge people to take the time to make this vital pledge.
We've published a new video encouraging people to make a CEASE pledge - you can watch it on our Keeping Children Safe blog.
CEASE was launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner in February – more information is available from Leicestershire Police's website.