National CSE Awareness Day - 18th March 2020

Join the Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation


Stop CSE Day Logo 2019National Charity NWG Network asks all to unite against child sexual exploitation for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day – 18th March 2020.

Child Sexual Exploitation (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 Raising Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children.

Stop CSE Day image 2019Previous National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Days have seen hundreds of events take place across the UK, ranging from poster and leaflet displays to whole authorities embarking on targeted campaigns across public services and shopping centres.

Working with over 230 organisations across the UK to help prevent and raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, NWG Network continue to disseminate information on the issue of child sexual exploitation.


‘The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day is a great way to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; 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.'

How to get involved

The NWG advise, 'you can focus your awareness raising event to the day itself – 18th March – or spread it out with a series of events over the week or month. Just remember to let us know your plans and we will publicise them on our websites Awareness Day interactive map and through our social media platforms Holding events such as school talks to pupils, teaching staff and non-teaching staff, non-uniform days, stalls, displays, posters and leaflets through your place of work are an important and effective way of raising awareness and sharing important messages around child exploitation.'

The NWG are also asking people to write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CEADay20 to help to raise awareness of CSE and wider exploitation.

Stop CSE Day Banner 2019



CSE Awareness Training For Staff

E-safety Support and Safeguarding Essentials offers members a CSE awareness training course for school staff. This online course helps staff understand why CSE is an important part of our safeguarding duty, some of the signs of CSE and how technology is being used for the purpose.

Find out more

Written by NWG Network on March 05, 2020 11:14

Have your say: TikTok

Will the new features help to increase online safety?


This week, TikTok announced the latest app feature designed to support online safety. Parents will now be given tighter control over the app settings. But will this help overcome the problems TikTok has encountered in the past?

Launched in 2016, TikTok is a social media app designed to allow users to create short videos and live broadcast clips, predominantly with a music theme. According to Wikipedia "The app allows users to set their accounts as private, allowing only people they approve to view their content. Users can also allow either everyone or only their friends to send comments or messages to them, and react or duet with them".

However, the app has come under criticism for inappropriate content and bullying. It has also been linked to potentially dangerous internet 'crazes' - the latest of which alleged issues, hitting the headlines in the last 24 hours, using the name 'skull breaker challenge' is just one example.

With the use of TikTok on the rise among the 12 - 15 age group*, it is definitely one to watch. And with the creative potential that the app offers, it has a number of benefits too. So how can we ensure that pupils (and staff) are kept safe when using the app?


Have your say

Have you had any experience of pupils and staff using TikTok in your school? What is your school position on this? What positive outcomes have you seen from talking to pupils about using apps such as TikTok? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions using the comments section below.




*Ofcom - Children and parents: Media use and attitudes report 2019

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on February 20, 2020 11:49

Childnet 2020 Film Competition

Childnet Film Competition launched to celebrate Safer Internet Day


The 11th annual Childnet Film Competition is open to all schools and youth organisations across the UK. This year Childnet, a UKSIC partner, is inviting young people aged 7-11 to take on the challenge of creating a short film in response to this year’s theme:

We want an internet where we’re free to…

Last year saw over 120 entries into the competition, and this year we can’t wait to see the films that the young people produce.

Once again Childnet is looking for films that have a clear message about the positive ways young people can use the internet. The challenge for young people is to create a film that tells us what they want from a future internet and what they believe people should be free to be online.

By taking part, young people not only create a film that can educate their peers about how they can stay safe online, the three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s British Film Institute. They will then be presented with great prizes for their school or youth organisation by our prestigious judging panel.

Entering the competition:


There are 4 simple steps to enter:

  1. Select the category that you wish to enter on the Film Competition Page. Choose either primary or secondary depending in the age of the young people you work with.
  2. Download the competition pack, which contains everything you will need, including education resource, film advice and supporting educator guidance.
  3. Allow time for young people to plan and create their films.
  4. Submit your film and all consent forms by 3rd June.

Details for submitting films can be found within the packs or on the FAQs page.

Find out more at childnet.com/film-competition

The Film Competition is delivered as part of Childnet’s work in the UK Safer internet Centre, with additional support from the Motion Picture Association and Disney.

Written by Childnet International on February 06, 2020 11:26


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