What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse involving children and young people receiving “something” such as accommodation, gifts, drugs, cigarettes, alcohol or affection as a result of them performing sexual activities or having others perform sexual activities on them. It can occur without physical contact, when children are groomed to post sexual images of themselves on the internet or send these images via mobile phones.
Threats, bribes, violence and humiliation can also form part of Child Sexual Exploitation as ways of coercing a child into performing sexual activities
Child sexual exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners
Definition of child sexual exploitation, potential vulnerabilities and indicators of abuse and appropriate action to take in response. Published 16 February 2017.
CSE Awareness Day - 18 March 2016
Information for professionals
Say Something Poster
What to do if you suspect a child is being sexually exploited - A step-by-step guide for frontline practitioners - DfE guidance
The following leaflet has been produced by Barnado's on launching its 'Cut them Free' campaign to reduce the number of children experiencing the horror of sexual exploitation in the UK.
CEOPs Think You Know website is a resource for parents and carers, teachers, trainers and other professionals, and children and young people. Click here for more info.
Spot the Signs - Professionals
The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Board has produced a risk assessment form to assist practitioners in identifying high risk individuals and plan interventions at an earlier stage. This is known as the Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Form (SERAF). A new draft pilot was produced in April 2016 and can be found here.
The updated SERAF Risk Assessment scoring guide can be found here.
An operational group, chaired by Hampshire Constabulary, meets monthly to look at completed SERAFs and agree what action can be taken to protect the welfare of these highly vulnerable children. To find out more about this group contact us.
The Modern Slavery Partnership
for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is a multi-agency partnership. It was set up by Hampshire Constabulary in 2013 and is currently funded and chaired by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. It is supported by a steering group of up to nine separate agencies and is co-ordinated by the Medaille Trust.
Hampshire Constabulary have developed a range of online resources which are available on their webpage at the following link: http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/abuse-against-the-person/tackling-cse-resources-page
The IOWSCB MET (Missing, Exploited and Trafficked) Sub Group have produced a flowchart
showing the actions the Police take when a young person has been identified as either unaccompanied from abroad, missing or there is evidence of exploitation.
"Can you Stop It?"
, a film commissioned by the Metropolitan Police. The aim of the film is to raise awareness amongst practitioners working with children and police officers about the behaviour traits of perpetrators of ‘on street’ CSE, in the hope of offering practical advice and information that will allow individuals to understand, recognise and intervene where they suspect offences are taking place.