Keeping Children Safe Online, as well as in the Real World.

The Strategic Partnership Development Fund (SPDF) is currently running a project across Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland to raise awareness of the risks of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and improve the support which is currently offered to victims and their families.

CSE is a growing threat to the safety of our young people, affecting both boys and girls, and evident in all areas of our communities.

Children with SEN are identified as being a group with increased vulnerability to CSE.

Wendy Marsh is leading on this project and is seeking to work with groups of parents to help raise their awareness of steps they can take to increase the safety of their sons and daughters. Some of these are things they can do to help stay safe on line, and others are practical steps they can take whilst their children are out and about.

As well as prevention work, Wendy can also give parents advice on the early warning signs which they should look out for, and what to do if they have any concerns that their children may be victims of CSE.

Throughout the project, she is also gathering recommendations for ways in which we can improve the support which parents, carers and families receive from services when CSE is identified.

If you are a member of a parenting group, and would like to receive this information from Wendy or the project, then get in touch. The team are happy to work with schools, colleges, community groups and charities to reach parents and spread this important message.

Parents are the front line in safeguarding their own children, and need to be equipped with the necessary information to be able to do this job to the best of their ability.

Please use the following contact details to get in touch and discuss your own group requirements.

Wendy Marsh

CSE Parent Support Coordinator SPDF CSE Project

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Work Mobile 07841913615

0116 3051682 (when available)