Wristbands launched to say ‘no’ to child sexual exploitation

A wristband has been launched for young people in Doncaster with the message to say ‘no’ to child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Young people are encouraged to “Say No To Child Sexual Exploitation “ and “Say Something” and the wrist band  also provides details to call or text 24/7 anonymously on 116 000.

Staff from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and the children’s charity Barnardo’s, all work together to raise awareness of CSE in the borough and launched the wristband this week.

Jayne Pezzulo, who represents RDaSH in the team, said: “This is a simple idea to encourage young people to speak out. We’re now encouraging young people to wear a wrist band with pride. We’ll be giving them out when the CSE team delivers education in schools and on outreach sessions so that together we are all saying ‘no’ to CSE. Safeguarding leads in schools will also be encouraged to wear one to promote “Say No” and so that young people can identify someone they can talk to.”

Also commenting on the scheme, Paul Moffat, Chief Executive of Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, said: “The wristbands are a great way to get the message about Child Sexual Exploitation across to young people in a clear and concise way. It is vital that the Trust and its partners take every opportunity to raise awareness of this abhorrent crime and help stop young people becoming victims of it.”

Marie Harris, Barnardo’s Children’s Services Manager, said: “Barnardo’s as a charity has been working across Yorkshire and the country as a whole to combat the terrible crime of child sexual exploitation for over 20 years, so we welcome this initiative to raise awareness.”

 

The wristbands

Staff from the multi-agency CSE team are pictured with the wristbands