April 15, 2021

First with the Alderney News

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness

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Guernsey’s Youth Commission is raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation in the Bailiwick.

Thursday 18th March is Child Exploitation Awareness Day and therefore the Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney will be raising awareness online via social media platforms. Their Child Sexual Exploitation service offers support to children who have been identified as either being at risk of sexual exploitation, or who are known to be currently being exploited.

The Youth Commission for Guernsey and Alderney (the Youth Commission) is an independent local charity responsible for the delivery of all forms of youth work in the Islands. It provides children and young people aged 4-25 with seamless access to a range of universal and specialist services ensuring they can take part in activities or get the tailored support that is most relevant to their individual needs.

Part of the work is around raising awareness of what Child Sexual Exploitation is amongst the community, in order to equip the public with the knowledge they need to know on what to report and when to be concerned. The Youth Commission also raise awareness with children and young people about the warning signs of Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming.

Throughout the week commencing the 15th March the charity will be asking people to join with the nationwide #HelpingHands campaign led by the National Working Group.

The Commission’s Alderney Youth Worker will also be leading activities with children in Alderney.

The campaign asks people to write a pledge on the palm of their hand with a statement of how they will help to stop Child Exploitation, for example: “I will believe you”, “I will listen to you”, “See something, say something!”.

Anyone can join this campaign, simply write a pledge, take a photo and share it on social media using the hashtags; #HelpingHands #CEADay21 and tag the Youth Commission @YouthCommGsyAld so that we can see and share your pledge!

For more information, please contact grace.lindsay@youthcommission.gg or telephone (01481) 756099

Partly funded through a significant grant from the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture their dedicated, skilled workers provide children and young people with high quality, effective, evidenced-based services and support from access to positive activities, the opportunity to gain qualifications and develop important skills to one-to-one specialist emotional support, which was previously provided by The HUB.

Their services are delivered in youth centres, schools and via outreach teams, who work with children and young people wherever they are, on their own terms.

The Youth Commission also manages The Prince’s Trust programme, Duke of Edinburgh scheme and the Youth Forum, which provides a voice for young people within the community, as well as organising tailored project weeks as well as supporting a network of voluntary sector children and young people organisations across the Bailiwick to develop services that are safe, high quality and sustainable.

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