Greater Manchester is taking a stand against child sexual exploitation with a groundbreaking new campaign to raise awareness about this most serious form of abuse.
A brand-new website has been launched as part of the campaign –
www.itsnotokay.co.uk – with information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and what to do about it.
The campaign is a partnership between Manchester City Council, other Greater Manchester local authorities, Greater Manchester Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, health organisations, and the voluntary sector.
It is hoped that shining a spotlight on child sexual exploitation, and increasing public awareness about the issue, will help to prevent it from happening in the first place. It should also help people to recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and encouraged them to report it.
The website also has information for young people on where they can go to get support if they have been a victim of child sexual exploitation.
Mike Livingstone, Director of Children’s Services at Manchester City Council, said: “This is a hugely important issue and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. Child sexual exploitation is child abuse and it robs children of their childhood and ruins lives.
“We’re determined to do everything we can at a local and regional level to educate, and ultimately protect young people from this form of child abuse.”
The campaign partners are committed to doing everything they can to disrupt child sexual exploitation where it is suspected, and to prosecute offenders.
For more information on child sexual exploitation, and who to contact if you have any concerns that a young person you know may be a victim of child sexual exploitation, visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk
You can also report it to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If someone is in immediate danger dial 999.