This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Jatinder Matharu, Education Safeguarding Professional on behalf of Maryam Hussain, Prevention Lead for Exploitation Prevention Programme (CSE/A, CCE, Modern Slavery) for The Children’s Society. This is for the attention of all education professionals.
We’re excited to update you that the next #LookCloser awareness period will be running between 7th - 20th March 2022.
#LookCloser is a partnership campaign between The Children's Society, the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre and the British Transport Police aiming to raise awareness of child exploitation and abuse, with a particular focus on public spaces. The campaign also seeks to challenge stereotypes of victimhood, highlighting that child exploitation can happen anywhere, and any young person can be a victim.
In advance of the upcoming awareness weeks, we are pleased to share our updated #LookCloser digital resources ready for use from the 7th March 2022. These include specific resources for people working with children, businesses and members of the public. The resources are now hosted via the #LookCloser webpage here. If you have engaged with the campaign before, please do check out the page - there are brand new resources available including specific resources for professionals on child financial exploitation and online harms.
The Children's Society’s Prevention Programme will also be co-ordinating a virtual Programme of Learning during the awareness weeks. Bookings are now open. Please see attached the timetable and session descriptions for more information about the programme of learning and details on how to book your place. Spaces are limited so we recommend booking a place as soon as possible.