Cambs Police launch campaign against child sexual exploitation


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A month long campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation has been launched by Cambs Police today.

The force is working in partnership with Cambridge and Peterborough Local Safe Guarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and the NSPCC to help educate the wider community, young people, parents and professionals on how to spot the signs of exploitation.

Detective Superintendent Gary Ridgway, from the Public Protection Department, said: “We need to educate and make young people aware of this type of exploitation so that we can help them make the right decisions about relationships.

“If we talk openly about child sexual exploitation in schools, at home, with friends and with those who care for young people, we can break the stigma associated with this type of abuse.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright said: “We want parents and those who care for some of our most vulnerable children in our communities to talk to young people and make them aware of child sexual exploitation.”

Business manager Joanne Bramwell, from the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board, said: “This campaign will help children and young people across Cambridgeshire to recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and have a better understanding of who they can approach to get help.”

Young people, parents and professionals are all being urged to visit the “spot the signs” section of the police website.

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