CSE Campaign 2018 #itsnotyourfault

Despite increased recognition of the issue, children and young people are still being sexually exploited in Leeds, N. Yorkshire and elsewhere around the country. Young people should never have to experience such exploitation and they should never be made to feel its their fault. We need to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation as we know myths about sexual exploitation and abuse are persistent and will affect the opportunity for  young people and historic victims to achieve justice.


In the weeks leading up to 18th of March we will therefore be supporting National Day to end Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) This year we’re excited to announce that Basis Young People (Leeds) and Time 2 (N. Yorkshire) as well as our partners across Leeds and N.Yorkshire will be raising awareness of child sexual exploitation, who it affects, how it impacts and what we can all be doing to enable victims to achieve justice.

The following has been planned:

March 5 -18: CSE –  In our own Words – Exhibition (at Shine Harehills)

An exhibition co-produced by Basis Young People and Historic CSE service users and parents working with the Safe Project (CSE Multi-Agency CSE Hub).

March 7th: Bake Sale at Leeds University

March 11th: Leeds City Centre Awareness Raising Stall

March 14th 4 – 6: Event CSE In our Own Words (Shine Harehills) Booking Essential

CSE Learning Event featuring young people’s words and experiences as well as recent research findings on CSE/A Evaluation Methods

March 17th: WalkitorSupportit Sponsorsed walk by Time 2

Please keep an eye out (and check our Twitter @basis_yp and @TheTime2Project).

We also want to use the campaign to raise awareness of CSE and  much needed funds for our work.  Despite the support of partners like Children in Need, Leeds City Council and the Multi-Agency CSE Hub, the Safe Project and our own best efforts, we currently have a waiting list of young people and we still urgently need funds. In particular the Time2 project want to develop a resource, and in Leeds we want to raise funds to continue the wonderful work of our Lionesses, who’ve played such an instrumental part in this campaign.

How else can you support our #itsnotyourfault campaign?

  • Support the national media campaign by sharing your message of support
  • Donate online here or on with your mobile; text BYYP18 £5 to 70070 to support, or tweet a picture of a “helping hand” – for instance by sharing individual hands of raise awareness in school  by making a “tree of hands”
  • Join the Walk It or Support It event in N. Yorkshire project with our Time2 Project
  • Host a bakesale, a sponsored manicure or other fundraising initiative in your school/office for us

The Basis Young People  section and The Time2  website has more information about what to do If you are worried about a young person or for yourself, please see our website (Leeds and York) to see how we can help.

Other relevant websites:

  • http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day/
  • https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/