Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. Young People often don't recognise they are being exploited, but exploititaive relationships often include victims recieving gifts, or other things they may want or need, as a result of them performing sexual acitivites, or others performing sexual activities on them. Exploitation can also occur online. Check out the NSPCC's Website for more information. Listen to my Story is a website aimed at young people, based on the experiences of young people who have experienced CSE.
Is St Helens, Catch 22 support young people who go missing from home or are at risk of CSE. Their website has some really useful infomation includng a guide for parents to spot the signs of CSE, and information around CSE for young people.
A key message for this year's CSE Awareness Day is around parents being aware of what thier children are doing online. The websites below have some really useful information about how parents can increase thier awareness of online safety:
PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation)
Ecstasy has been in the news over the past few weeks, with a number of young people across the North West becoming unwell after using it, and sadly a number of deaths linked to Ecstasy use.
In St Helens, a number of young people have reported feeling unwell after taking Ecstasy. Pills that have been mentioned have been 'Lego Bricks' and 'Blue Warner Brothers'.
Some of the feelings people have told us about include feeling agiated, nauseous, shakey, confused, feeling unwell for a long period of time after use, and collapsing when using.
We would advise people to avoid using all types of Ecstasy pill, or powder (known as Magic), because you can never tell exactly what pills or powders contain, there could be other substances mixed in, or they may not be Ecstasy at all.
Pills can come in all shapes, sizes and colours and 2 pills that look the same may be different and give very different effects.
Read more about Ecstasy
St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT), provide young people and their families in St Helens with a range of interventions to enable them to make informed choices around drug and alcohol use in order to achieve their full potential.
Despite what you might think, most young people chose not to use drugs or alcohol. Of those that do most young people will grow out of this without any issues.