Two free information sessions about child sexual exploitation are being held in Aylesbury next month.
The sessions cover what child sexual exploitation is, how to spot it and how to report concerns.
They take place from 7pm to 8.30pm at Mandeville School in Ellen Road on Wednesday June 15 and 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday June 28 at The Grange School in Wendover Way.
The sessions will start with an introductory short talk from the Barnardo’s R U Safe team followed by a drop-in marketplace where senior staff from Barnardo’s R U Safe, Thames Valley Police, Bucks County Council’s Children’s Social Care and Youth Service teams will be available to talk to the public, give help and advice, and answer questions about what is being done in Bucks to tackle CSE.
Lin Hazell, cabinet member for children’s services said: “I urge parents, carers, community leaders and members of the public to come along to a session.
“An hour or two of their time will arm them with important knowledge on how to spot the signs of CSE which could be vital in protecting and keeping their own and other children safe.”
The same sessions are being held at the following locations in the county:
Tuesday June 14, Buckingham School, London Road, Buckingham.
Tuesday June 21, Chiltern Hills Academy, Chartridge Lane, Chesham.
Thursday June 23, Cressex School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe.
All the sessions run from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Anyone interested in attending the sessions is welcome to drop in.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse.
It involves perpetrators grooming their victims in a variety of ways.
This can be in person, via text messaging or online.
To find out more about child sexual exploitation visit www.ruwise2it.co.uk.