Campaign to spot signs of child sexual exploitation

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A month long campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation has been launched.

Cambridgeshire police is working with Cambridge and Peterborough Local Safe Guarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and the NSPCC to help educate on how to spot the signs.

Child sexual exploitation affects boys and girls from all backgrounds. Some youngsters may not even be aware that it is abuse believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship.

Det Supt Gary Ridgway, from the Public Protection Department, said: “We need to educate and make young people aware of this type of exploitation so that we can help them make the right decisions about relationships.

“If we talk openly about child sexual exploitation in schools, at home, with friends and with those who care for young people, we can break the stigma associated with this type of abuse.”

Young people, parents and professionals are all being urged to visit the “spot the signs” section of the police website.

The website contains information, videos and support.

More information can be found by visiting: www.cambs.police.uk/GetCloser/ChildSexualExploitation