Zero tolerance of child sexual exploitation

Merton Council is supporting Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March by expanding it into week of activity and is calling on people to spot and speak out against abuse.

Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves manipulation, for example using gifts or affection, or the coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. Perpetrators can be adults or other children and can target their victims online as well as in person.

Merton Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week aims to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation and the zero tolerance approach to abuse in the borough.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Katy Neep, said: “We are committed to the fight against child sexual exploitation and to supporting victims and their families but we cannot succeed without support from across the Merton community. This Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Week we are calling on everyone to think; spot and speak out against abuse to end this abuse now.”

A number of events to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation will be taking place at Merton Civic Centre in London, Road, Morden in partnership with Merton Police, the Breck Foundation and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

Date AM PM
13th March 2017

Civic Centre – Council Chambers

10.15 BRECK Foundation
The Breck Foundation is raising the awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy, who was groomed via the internet and murdered by someone he met online.12.00 – 13.00 Street Girl (CSE & GANGS)
Nequela Whittaker
13.30 BRECK  Foundation
The Breck Foundation is raising the awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy, who was groomed via the internet and murdered by someone he met online.15.00 – 16.00 Street Girl (CSE & GANGS)
Nequela Whittaker

 

14th March 2017

Civic Centre -Committee Rooms

10.00 – 11.30 CEOP
On Line Safety12.00 – 13.00 Presentations on peer on peer and sexual bullying
SCHOOLS and Schools Police
14.00 – 15.30 CEOP
On Line Safety15.30 – 16.30  Presentations on peer on peer and sexual bullying
SCHOOLS and Schools Police
16th March 2017

Civic Centre – Council Chambers

10.00 – 11.30 Check It Out
Sexual Health and relationships12.00 – 13.00 Metro
The project aims to support boys and young men aged 11 to 19 years progress their behaviour, attitudes, skills and knowledge about relationships and sex and help to reduce substance misuse and risky behaviour.
13.00 – 2.30 Check It Out
Sexual Health and relationships15.00 – 16.00 FGM
All procedures which involve the partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons

 

17th March 2017

Civic Centre – Council Chambers

10.00 – 10.30  CSE and Gangs A young person’s perspective

11.00 – 12.00 Barnardos CSE Project
Working with CSE research and practice

12.15 – 13.15 CSE and Gangs from a Merton perspective

14.00 – 14.30  CSE and Gangs A young person’s perspective

14.30 – 15.30 Barnardos CSE Project
Working with CSE research and practice

15.30 – 16.30 CSE and Gangs from a Merton perspective