|Printable version||E-mail this to a friend|
Our vital stand against child sexual exploitation – Jane Cummings
England’s Chief Nursing Officer marks National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day and calls for pledges of support:
This is the first National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day and is rightly dedicated to raising awareness of this difficult and emotive agenda across all agencies.
Everyone who works in health and care has a significant contribution to make in identifying children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation and supporting the treatment and recovery of those harmed.
It is often nurses and other health and care professionals who are in a position to identify those children and young people most at risk.
Rebecca McGeown, Specialist Safeguarding Nurse for CSE at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust discusses her work in CSE and what you can do to identify those at risk. A useful resource to support staff is the NWG Network. Read more about the work of the NWG Network from Ray McMorrow, a Specialist Nurse with the NWG Network.
Through the work of NHS England’s CSE sub-group there are a variety of initiatives taking place including:
- Pan Cheshire CSE Strategic Group, which includes representatives from NHS England, police and local authorities, launching their CSE strategy and toolkit.
- Warrington CCG using the NWG Network website banner and suggested tweets to highlight the issue to GPs.
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals taking part in a series of four cross government workshops in relation to CSE, facilitated by DfE, Home Office and DH. These will focus on how local areas are tackling CSE, what works and what could improve.
- The East Midlands NHS England Health and Justice team holding a commissioning engagement event to help take forward the commissioning of a regional Paediatric Sexual Assault and Referral Centre.
It is vital as nurses, midwives and health staff that we continue to listen to the voice of children and young people in order to learn from their experiences and improve the services we provide. Their voice is crucial in identifying those at risk of sexual exploitation and stopping this form of abuse.
Julie Warren-Sykes has provided a personal account of why all nurses and health staff should listen to what children and young people tell us.
As part of National CSE Awareness Day, I ask that you pledge what you can do individually and collectively as nurses and health staff, to support children and young people who are being sexually exploited.
Your pledge can be anything, from speaking out, to educating others. It is your promise to the children and young people affected by child sexual exploitation to protect and support them.
I will encourage all nurses, midwives and health professionals to listen to the voices of children and young people so that we may collectively stop this form of abuse.
What will you pledge?
- Join the Twitter conversation about Child Sexual Exploitation: #CSEDay
- Follow Jane Cummings on Twitter: @JaneMCummings
Latest News from
NHS England to issue new guidance on low value prescription items29/03/2017 09:05:00
NHS England will be leading a review of low value prescription items from April 2017 and introducing new guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), with a view to substantially saving NHS expenditure in this area. It follows extensive work by NHS Clinical Commissioners which identified significant areas where potential savings can be made, up to potentially £400m per year.
Awards spotlight NHS improvement projects driven by patient feedback22/03/2017 11:52:00
Winners selected for patient insight awards, announced yesterday at a Patient Experience Network ceremony in Birmingham, demonstrate that NHS providers and commissioners are listening to patient feedback and that services are continuing to improve because of it.
NHS to notify heart surgery patients of small risk of infection caused by heater cooler units21/03/2017 16:15:00
The NHS is today (Tuesday 21 March) taking the precautionary step of writing to patients who have had certain types of open heart surgery to inform them that they may have a low risk of having contracted an infection caused by Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera).
Winning projects announced for latest round of Maternity Challenge Fund17/03/2017 10:05:00
Three projects are each being awarded £50,000 by NHS England to explore innovative ways to use women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services.