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Equip yourself with the knowledge to protect your children against sexual exploitation

WithScotland | 12 December 2013

Thousands of children in the UK are at risk of being forced or manipulated into sexual activity in a form of abuse called child sexual exploitation. This abuse can happen to any child, anywhere. Knowing what to look for is an important way you can help to protect your children.

Barnardo’s has launched its ‘Cut them free’ campaign to reduce the number of children experiencing the horror of sexual exploitation in the UK. View their information leaflet on how to spot the signs of sexual exploitation.  

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide parents with a short (20-30mins) free online training course

Another useful resource is the recent YouGov report exploring professional and parental perspectives of child sexual exploitation in England.

Keeping our children safe online

WithScotland | 06 December 2013

At a recent summit at the Scottish Parliament, a group of online safety experts agreed that better information sharing between professionals, parents and young people is key to improving online safety. Jointly chaired by Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell and Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan, a number of charities, Police Scotland, councils and parents came together with industry representatives and young people to look at how to make internet users aware of their rights online.

If you are a parent or carer, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP) have an excellent website www.thinkuknow.co.uk which provides advice for children to help them keep safe as well as sections for parents, carers and teachers.

Other useful resources for parents and carers:

Be safe and keep others safe online                                    Police Scotland online safety advice 

NSPCC Online safety: what parents need to know         NSPCC How to help your child stay safe online

NSPCC advice on Cyberbullying                                             NSPCC advice on talking to your child about Sexting