CE Awareness Day 18th March 2022


Please follow this link to our Child Exploitation main page.

Please also visit the National Working Group’s official awareness day website

The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight  the issues surrounding CE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

The WSCP supports the NWG commitment to fighting CE and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. More information about the work of the NWG and activities to support CE Awareness Day can be found here.

On the 18th March there will be a call for all to unite against all forms of child exploitation. Show your support by using the hashtags #CEAday22 and #helpinghands to help raise awareness.

What is Child Exploitation?

Child Exploitation, or CE is a term which encompasses all the ways by which children and young people can be exploited. It includes Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and also criminal exploitation. The criminal exploitation of children is an issue which is gaining more of a national focus and is closely related to County Lines, and other ways children and young people are drawn into drugs related criminal activity.

It is NOT OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to do sexually. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right #SaySomething:

STOP CE – STOP CSE I Raise Awareness of CSE – Join the fight against CSE (stop-cse.org)

Below is an award winning short film called Step Back. It is about a character called  Marcus who is a gang member, and when an attempted theft goes tragically wrong, finds himself in prison fighting for his life! If Marcus is given a second shot at life, will it be enough to save him from himself? Step back follows Marcus’ unique and inspirational story as he embarks on a time travelling journey which will change his life forever!

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy


How you can Help

On March 18, we want the world to unite against child exploitation

There are various ways you can show your support:

1. Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for our Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CEADay22 to help us raise awareness of CE. Your pledge can be anything. From speaking out, to educating others. It is your promise to the victims of child exploitation (CSE).

2. Display and use campaign posters and banners. The NWG have made copies of their posters and resources available for download:

3. Catch22 have also published a series of resources to support CE awareness raising. These can all be found and downloaded below:

What makes a good relationship?
– looking at the factors that form a healthy relationship, whether between peers or adult and child. A useful tool for using directly with young people.

Spotting a runaway child: Children may run away from home because they are unhappy or because they are being coerced and exploited. This poster shows you how to spot signs a child may be a runaway, and how to help them.

Keeping children safe during school holidays- a guide for parents and care giversAny extended period of unstructured time can cause friction between children and young people and those who care for them. Our CE teams share a few basic tips on how to work with children to agree strategies and keep them as safe as possible.

Child Criminal Exploitation- How do gangs recruit and coerce young people–  Catch22 believe that children involved in criminality are victims first. Groomers exploit young people and force them to commit crimes. This poster outlines the pattern of exploitation we have seen in our Child Exploitation services.







Push and Pull Factors: what causes a child to go missing looking at the many causes of a missing from home incident, includes tips for parents and carers on what to do when a child returns.

Different Dangers, Same Signs – a poster, taken from our latest report The Changing Needs of Victims, that looks at the signs of both CSE and CCE.

Positive relationships break the CSE cycle – a poster for professionals to understand the signs of CE/CSE and how to intervene at every point.

Spot the Signs– a poster for parents to help them if they think their child might be being exploited, or may be about to go missing.

Think Boys– a poster for any professional to highlight that boys can be victims of CE too.

Staying Safe Online– a list of tips for adults and young people that we’ve produced for Safer Internet Day

Further resources can be found on Catch22’s poster hub:
Spot the Signs: Child Exploitation and Missing Awareness Poster Hub – Catch22 (catch-22.org.uk)

3. Appropriate Language Guides

4. Stages of Child Exploitation Video from the Children’s Society

5. Educate, speak out and encourage others to join us in the fight against Child Exploitation

Parents and carers can be made aware of the indicators of Child Sexual Exploitation to help spot early warning signs, they can maintain an open dialogue with their children about their online and offline activities. They can know who to contact if they have concerns.

Practitioners can help empower children and parents/carers by educating them about Child Exploitation, the grooming process, the risk factors and indicators and the contact details of local and national organisations that can offer support. Practitioners can ensure that their own knowledge of Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking is up to date.

The leisure industry – Hotels, Taxi Companies, Take-Aways, B&B’s and Retailers all have a role to play in safeguarding children and ensuring that their staff are trained to recognise the signs of Child  Exploitation and what to do if they suspect Child Exploitation by using the Community Awareness training toolkit Say Something if you See Something http://www.stop-cse.org/ssss/

Decision makers and politicians need to provide a culture in which all of the above can function and thrive and continue to play a key role in ensuring our children are safe from Child Exploitation. As a Decision maker or politician you need to ensure Your community is engaged in protecting children from Exploitation. The

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a resource pack for Elected Members and Community Leaders:

Tackling child exploitation: resources pack | Local Government Association

6. Use the information and resources on this website.  Children and young people, their parents or carers, teachers or professionals working with children are encouraged to visit the website which raises awareness of CE and importantly, where to get help and support.

The following are CE related pages on the WSCP website:
(all open in new tabs)

CE webpage for professionals

CE webpage for parents/carers

Online Safety webpage for parents/carers

CE webpage for children and young people

Online Safety webpage for children and young people

Sexting information webpage for children and young people

Wirral Safeguarding Children Partnership Awareness and Learning Posters

click on the picture to download