‘Say Something if you See Something’ Campaign - Delegates were asked the important questions: ‘can you see it, can you help stop it?’ as part of the above campaign which is jointly run by Croydon Council, the Metropolitan Police and the London Safeguarding Children Board.  Speakers called on professionals and members of the community to work together to raise awareness and stop this abuse. Delegates made pledges on behalf of their organisations saying exactly what steps they planned to take:

  • Taxi firms committing to train staff to look for warning signs
  • Taxis displaying helpline numbers
  • Head teachers  including exploitation in sex education curriculum
  • Charities will promote their services
  • Young people will look out for signs of their friends being exploited
  • Young people to support friends if they see a problem

A specially-commissioned film featuring local young people talking about their own experiences of sexual exploitation was shown for the first time as a way of emphasising the devastating impact that this has on people’s lives.

Key speakers:

  • Laura Butterwoth, Programme and Project Manager Safe London Foundation
  • Tony Newman, Chair of Croydon's LSP (local strategic partnership)
  • MisUnderstood Partnership - safeguarding young people from peer on peer abuse
  • National Solciety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Missing People
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • Croydon Police

(From Croydon Congress 26 November 2015)