A CAMPAIGN which paints a bigger picture on sexual exploitation has relaunched across Essex.

The 'I Didn't Know Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)' campaign shines a spotlight on how grooming and sexual exploitation can be a part of the wider exploitation of children, such as trafficking, criminal exploitation by gangs and organised crime networks.

Key messages are being published on social media using the hashtag #KnowAboutCSE, to reach young people and parents for National CSE Day.

This year’s campaign identifies with youngsters who may feel trapped through the grooming process to commit crime and abuse other young people.

More importantly it emphasises they can get help and support.

Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne said: "This campaign aims to reach victims who may feel they cannot seek support because they're afraid or worried they might get in trouble.

"We want to raise awareness of the devastating impact of child sexual exploitation and ensure young people and parents know where they can go for advice and support.

"If you have any concerns that you, or a child you know, could be a victim of CSE, we urge you to get in touch.”

You can support the campaign by:

  • Talking to others and letting them know about the websites
  • Sharing the campaign on social media
  • Printing off resources and displaying them publicly
  • Speaking to families and young people