YC Hertfordshire shows support for Child Sexual Exploitation Day 2017

17 March 2017

YC Hertfordshire is supporting this year’s National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day by encouraging everyone to think about, look out for and speak out against child sexual abuse.

YC Hertfordshire is supporting this year’s National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day by encouraging everyone to think about, look out for and speak out against child sexual abuse.

During CSE Awareness Day, YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council, is encouraging those who support the campaign to write a personal pledge on their hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign, which can then be posted on social media with #HelpingHands and #CSEDay2017 to help us raise awareness of CSE.

YC Hertfordshire works to prevent CSE by running programmes and projects which enable young people to be able to recognise and develop healthy relationships so that they are less vulnerable to exploitation.

The Healthy Relationships programme is currently running across all ten districts in Hertfordshire aimed at young people aged 13 to19 (up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties (LD), and for young people leaving care, up to the age of 21.

It aims to raise young people’s awareness of child exploitation by giving them the support they need to make informed, safe choices and to have appropriate, healthy and safe relationships.

The programme, delivered over a number of weeks, empowers young people to make informed and safe decisions around their relationships, both online and offline. It includes sessions on sharing information, sexting, consent and power.

Jonathan Jack, Youth Engagement and Participation Manager for YC Hertfordshire, said: “One of the best ways we can help tackle Child Sexual Exploitation is to equip our young people with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their relationships with others, to spot the signs of CSE and bring it to the attention of others. Our Healthy Relationships Programme is already proving to be a powerful tool in combatting CSE and we will continue to deliver it across the county.”

If you would like to know more about the Healthy Relationships Programme, please visit www.ychertfordshire.org