People can sign up for the latest campaign news and updates from a regional partnership raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) via its new-look website.
is a one-stop shop for information about CSE and how to spot the warning signs, along with help and advice for young people, parents and carers, professionals and schools.
People can now sign up to receive updates on the latest campaigns following a refresh of the site, which is now also optimized for mobile and tablet devices.
Councillor Ken Meeson, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Skills, said:
“The See Me Hear Me campaign provides a wealth of information about CSE and the warning signs to look out for, as well as signposting people to help and support.
“This latest development will see people being able to sign up to all the latest news and updates from the campaign.
“CSE is a horrendous crime, which affects both young men and women. We want everyone to be aware of the signs of CSE and I would urge all young people, parents and carers to visit our campaign website www.seeme-hearme.org.uk
to find out more and sign up for the updates.
“Preventing CSE is everyone’s responsibility. By being vigilant and knowing the warning signs to look out for, we can all help to tackle this abuse and keep our children safe.”
West Midlands councils and West Midlands Police are working together to raise awareness of CSE.
CSE is child abuse and involves perpetrators grooming their victims in various ways, such as in person, via mobiles or online, to gain their trust before emotionally and sexually abusing them.
It can take place in many forms, whether through a seemingly consensual relationship, or a young person being forced to have sex in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, money, gifts or even protection and affection.
Warning signs can include having friends who are older, persistently going missing, secretive relationships with unknown adults, truancy from school, chronic fatigue, constant calls on a mobile phone and the possession of money or new things.