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Oswestry Child Exploitation Awareness Day

Friday 26th November 2021 10:00am – 4:00pm


Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial: we want our message to be very clear; the only way we can tackle exploitation is to raise awareness amongst our communities including assisting others to know the signs/indicators of criminal & sexual exploitation so that children can be protected from harm.


We are therefore joining forces with West Mercia Police, The Marches school and other partner agencies for an awareness-raising day in Oswestry town centre on Friday 26th November 2021.


The event will be based at the Town Hall, Bailey Head, Oswestry where representatives from our team, along with West Mercia Police officers and our partner agencies will be on hand to talk to the residents of Oswestry about Child Exploitation and what it means for the local community.

The aim of the event is to:


✓ Offer support, advice and guidance to parents, young people, and members of the public who wish to know more about Child Exploitation within Shropshire.


✓ Raise community awareness of the key indicators of exploitation & how to report concerns.


✓ Ensure that the issues around exploitation are tackled together, as a community.


Diversionary activities are key to fighting exploitation so we will also be joined by The New Saints Foundation from 2.30pm, who will be talking about what they offer and providing activities (dependent on weather) To find out more about them please visit www.tnsfc.co.uk


If you have any queries about the event, please contact clare.jervis@shropshire.gov.uk