CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is defined in the Department of Education 2012 as:-
“The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability”.
CSE happens in a number of contexts, the common contexts include:-
Peer on Peer
Adult on Child
Gang association or membership
Party Scene/Youth Culture
Constrained Choices Model
Trafficking, Domestic and International
Internet based CSE – contact and non-contact offences, including Sexting
Children and young persons who are sexually exploited are the victims of sexual abuse; they must be safeguarded from further harm. The DCSB is committed to ensuring such victims are safeguarded, through all agencies working together.
The CSE Toolkit
The toolkit is designed to help professionals explore, identify, and respond to cases where a child is being, or is at risk of being sexually exploited. The toolkit needs to be used flexibly to take account of each child’s individuality, the uniqueness of his/her circumstances and the changes that may occur for him/her over time.
The toolkit should be used with children up to the age of 18 (up to and including those aged 24 years with additional needs) irrespective of whether they are living independently, at home, with carers, or in a residential setting. It can be used with Care Leavers up to the age of 21(or 24 if in full time education).
The DSCB has developed the following toolkit to help professionals to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation. To download the full copy of the toolkit, please click on the link below.