Supporting Children, Young People, Adults, Families & Communities
Our TARGET project is supported and funded by
CSE is one of the 3 existing national priorities and a (NCA - National Strategic Tasking and Coordination Group)
Main serious and organised threat to the UK & a Major intelligence gap (2015-16 National Crime Agency Control Strategy)
The Police are, ‘Developing understanding of CSE offending activity online (2015-16 National Crime Agency Annual Report)
2012-2016: 26% increase at Service Six cases involving Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (OSEA)
Service Six’s TARGET project engaged 1001 young people, 826 of whom were disadvantaged. All resided in Northamptonshire or Leicestershire and were aged between 5 and 25 years of age, with most between 9 and 17 years. 793 young people responded to semi-structured questionnaires and they told us:
51% are regularly contacted online by strangers
36% have received pornography including child
26% have sent pornography
19% have been asked to meet stranger/s
8% have met strangers
0.5% reported to an adult
Furthermore disadvantaged young people are:
8% more likely to receive sexually explicit images or video
6% more likely to send out sexually explicit images or video
23% more likely to send out sexually explicit material willingly
21% less likely to report unwanted stranger contact and or receipt of sexually explicit material to an adult
The initial research has highlighted various con-current themes which have a serious public health impact on young people and need exploring further including:
Addiction to mobile phone use in particular (1000+ average communications per day)
Physical Impairment due to repetitive strain injury and potential reversal of cervical lordosis
Apathy to sexually explicit images, pornography and online criminal activity
Mental Health based on significant indicators of profound loneliness
Disruption to Education due to constant mobile phone use during lessons at schools
Disruption to Cognitive Development and associated long-term negative impact
Absence of Parental Monitoring and associated risk
Inadequate Internet Security at schools, homes and in the community
Our TARGET Project has embarked on a development in the already successful project and we are now able to offer TARGET Training for professionals and the community.
The training courses will aim to raise Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (OSEA). The training aims to provide knowledge and understanding of OSEA and the actions required for those working alongside and supporting children and young people. The training will develop an awareness of the increasing impact and risk that technology and online networking has in relation to grooming, exploitation and trafficking.
Details of the current training are:
Date: Friday 30th November
Type: Full Day
Times: 9.20am – 4.30pm
Location: The Holiday Inn, Corby- Northamptonshire
Price: £35 (+booking fee) per person, including refreshments and lunch
Booking for the training is available through Eventbrite:
Please can you also disseminate the training details for those you may feel would like to attend or would benefit from attending. Click Here for the flyer
For further information please contact TARGET Project Manager Hayley Brown:
To make a referral please contact:
01933 277520 / 272746
T: 01933 277520 / 01933 273746
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