Police urge public in Shropshire to report CSE concerns
West Mercia Police are urging the public to stay aware and notify them of any suspicious circumstances involving child sexual exploitation ahead of National CSE Awareness Day.
The nationwide event, taking place on Monday, is aimed at informing people about CSE and highlighting the signs that they can look out for.
The force, working with partner agencies, will be using the ‘Tell Someone’ campaign to raise awareness and urge people to come forward to report any concerns to the police or partners.
John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, is encouraging people to come forward if they have concerns or information about CSE.
He said: “It is a harsh reality that children are exploited in communities up and down the country.
“We know that this sort of abuse is typically very under reported.
“If you are a victim, or have any suspicions at all that someone may be, please report them to the police.
“I have invested significantly to ensure our police have the resources and expertise to tackle this sort of complex crime.
“I have also worked to ensure specialist services are in place to support victims.
“The more we do collectively to recognise the signs of CSE, the more we can protect vulnerable young people, and the more our police can bring offenders of this abhorrent type of crime to justice.”
Detective Superintendent Dean Jones said: “Local events and activities designed to encourage participation in the campaign will be taking place on Monday to highlight the ongoing partnership work to tackle CSE across the West Mercia region. Follow #tellsomeone on Twitter for details.
“We are also asking the public to please support the campaign by retweeting social media messages and taking time to recognise the signs of abuse by visiting tell-someone.org.”
Anyone with concerns or information relating to CSE should call the police on 101 or contact a support agency.
Information can also be found at tell-someone.org.