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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

18 March 2015

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child sexual exploitation (CSE).  CSE is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. NWG are committed to the fight against CSE and supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. 

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Public to help shape remit of Inquiry into historical abuse in care

Scottish Government | 11 March 2015

Survivors of historical abuse in care or in institutions in Scotland are being asked to help shape the recently announced Inquiry into historical abuse at events in Edinburgh in the coming weeks.  

Additional meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow are being arranged by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and will give more people the opportunity to have a say in the remit of the Inquiry and what skills they would want in a chairperson or panel, as well as considering other commitments the Scottish Government has made to support survivors of abuse.

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Self Harm Awareness Day

02 March 2015

Self-harm. I’m sure most people have heard the term in some context, whether they feel educated amongst this topic or not. Most people know someone who has self-harmed, and this seems to only be increasing. Again, this year we have teamed up with Childline, YoungMinds and YouthNet to spread awareness among children and young people, heavily focusing on the impact of self-harm images online. This isn’t about demonising the internet or social media; but about making social media a safe place for children and young people. 

This allows the internet and children or young people themselves to become more aware of the harmful effects sharing/posting self-harm related images can have. Together, we commissioned a poll of 2,000 children and young people between the ages of 11-21, revealing a worrying insight into the number of children and young people self-harming in Britain today. Over half of 11-14 year olds and eight out of every ten 18-21 year olds have self-harmed or know of someone who has self-harmed.  

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