Parents invited to seminars regarding online child sexual exploitation.

Parents and carers are being offered help and advice to keep their children safe online from sexual exploitation.

Leicestershire Police in conjunction with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) are holding three seminars in October and November.

The seminars, which are entitled ‘Keeping Your Family Safe Online from Sexual Exploitation’, are suitable for parents, carers or professionals whose work involves child safeguarding. They will cover what child sexual exploitation is; what the signs are; and what parents/carers can do to protect their children.

Inspector Rich Hiom from Leicestershire Police said: “There have been some high profile court cases in the media in recent months, both nationally and locally, which relate to child sexual exploitation.

“This type of abuse is rare in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and can be difficult to detect because often the victim is unaware that they have been sexually exploited. In many cases the adult abuser will befriend the child online. It is important that parents, carers and those who work with children are aware of the signs and know what help is available.

“These seminars are free to attend although places are limited, so I urge anyone interested to please contact me to secure their place.”

The seminars are being held between 6pm and 8pm at Police Headquarters in Enderby on the following dates:

Tuesday October 1 Monday October 14 Monday November 11

Places are limited and are subject to prior confirmation of attendance. Refreshments will also be provided.

To book a place at this FREE event please email richard.hiom@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

(Message received from Leicestershire Constabulary)