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Multi-agency CSE Facebook event to be held

[P]olice and partner agencies are hosting a Facebook event to offer members of the public expert advice on how to keep children safe from those that look to sexually exploit them.

The event will be held on Friday 23rd March between 6pm and 8pm where representatives from the following agencies will be able to answer any questions the public may have concerning child sexual exploitation (CSE):

  • Cumbria Constabulary
  • Children’s Services
  • Local Child Safeguard Board
  • NSPCC
  • Barnardo’s

Those who are unavailable at the time of the event but would like take part are able to do so by sending in their questions during the build-up to the event. The representatives from the agencies listed above will then answer these during the event on Friday.

Detective Inspector Dan StQuintin, Cumbria Constabulary Public Protection Unit, said: “Child sexual exploitation continues to be a key priority for police and a number of partner agencies in Cumbria. If people see something we want them to say something. Don’t keep quiet about CSE. All reports of CSE will be believed and they will be investigated. This event on Friday is an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about this horrible issue.

“I would encourage anyone who has any concerns or questions regarding CSE to take this opportunity to engage in a healthy conversation with experts in order to protect Cumbrian children.

“If you are unable to access the event on Friday you can send in questions ahead of the event and you will receive a notification once your question is answered.

“The protection of children is the responsibility of everybody. By engaging in open and honest discussions we hope to empower parents, guardians and young people with information that can protect children from being victim to sexual exploitation.”

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “This is a great opportunity for people to find out how they can help keep their youngsters safe. We don’t want our children to be afraid of using technology, but at the same time, we want them to know how to stay safe, and what to look out for to guard against predators. I think this is a really good idea, and would urge people to take part.”

The event page, where questions can be submitted, is live here: https://www.facebook.com/events/965537743596164/.

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