Join the #Speak Up Stand Up Campaign
The #SpeakUpStandUp campaign plays a crucial role in raising awareness and promoting action through
- The Knowledge Hub centralising information to provide a platform for all members of the community and practitioners supporting children and their families to access materials, resources and training
- The Resources to equip those who work, volunteer or care for children with a range of informative and easy to access approaches when it comes to preventing, identifying, disrupting and stopping exploitation
- Campaign Participation encouraging participation through the #SpeakUpStandUp campaign will help to mobilise people to take action in the Wakefield District promoting a culture of preventing, identifying, disrupting and stopping child exploitation
- Partnership Engagement with West Yorkshire Police, the Wakefield Children Vulnerable to Exploitation (CVE) team, Children & Young People’s Services, Schools & Colleges, Parents, Carers and Volunatary & Community organisations will create a coordinated and effective response to child exploitation in the Wakefield District.
Why is it important for you to join the #SpeakUpStandUp campaign?
Understanding the intricacies of the context surrounding child exploitation is essential for adopting a tenacious approach to identifying, disrupting, preventing and stopping exploitation on both a local and national scale. It is important to remember that any child can be vulnerable to child exploitation, and every child should be protected from harm through robust safeguarding strategies.
- Since 2018 there has been a rise of 82% in online grooming offences and a 66% increase in child abuse image crimes in the UK.
- Around 144 children go missing every day
- The United Kingdom is the most prominent country of origin for trafficked children
- A quarter of all trafficked children go missing from local authority care
- Exploitation does not suddenly stop when a child turns 18. Transitional safeguarding across multi-agency partners must be embedded so that the vulnerability of young people aged 18 – 25 is recognised.