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Child Sexual Exploitation.
Our Place Mentoring Services.Slide2
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE): The issue.
Prevalence and Incidence.
Victims and Perpetrators.
Push / Pull Factors.
CSE: The Issue.
New concept of child maltreatment.
‘Hidden’ form of abuse.
Difficult to define and identify.
High profile cases of Local Authorities failing in the protection of vulnerable children and young people.
Attitudes of professionals working with children and young people.
Issues surrounding disclosure and listening to the voices of children and young people.Slide4
What is your current understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation?Slide5
Defining Child Sexual Exploitation
Form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/ or coercion of a child or young person into sexual activities in exchange for material goods; affection or status,
Perpetrators exhibit power and control over victims.
Often misunderstood as ‘consensual’.Slide6
Prevalence and Incidence
16, 500 children/young people at risk of sexual exploitation in the United Kingdom.
3,000 children/young people accessing services due to being sexually exploited.
2,049 victims of gang related grooming identified by authorities.
Statistics to considered to be underestimations.Slide7
Activity: Victims and Perpetrators.
-Discuss all the characteristics of what you perceive a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation to be.
-Discuss all the characteristics of what you perceive a perpetrator of Child Sexual Exploitation to be.
Think of factors such as age; backgrounds; ethnicity; religion etc.Slide8
Children and Young People At-Risk
ALL children and young people are at-risk of CSE regardless of social class; ethnicity; backgrounds.
Media reports guilty of stereotyping profile of victims.
Looked after children / runaways.
Children with Special Needs.
Asylum seeker/ Migrant children.
“Running from hate to what you think is love.”Slide9
Disengaged with education.
Drug and alcohol abuse.
Involved in gangs.
Risky internet use.
Victims of bullying.
Parental issues: mental health / alcohol or substance abuse.
amilial abuse/domestic violence.
Alcohol and drugs
There would always be lots of alcohol and drugs. We knew we would be expected to do something sexual with the men but we just got wasted and got on with it… It would always make us feel popular and wanted, and we liked that
.” Ben aged 15.
knew that my mother always loved me
never felt that loved because she was
… so it was good to feel like that
the time [by the men who were
sexually exploiting Ellie].”
police came to speak with me and
why I was running away. Like I
say “my [relative]’s making me suck
and his mates’ dick”. It just wasn’t
Major issues with disclosure and identification.
Children/young people often don’t know they are being exploited.
Only speak up when asked.
Role of professionals not victims to identify cases.
Rapid change in appearance
Revolving door ( Police and
Bullying (Victim and Perpetrator)
Repeated STI testing
Drugs and Solvent abuse
School absence (Repeated)
Mental Health Problems
Our Role as Mentors
Be aware of push/pull factors.
Record and report any suspicions.
Make use of screening tools provided.
Provide support and empathy to our mentees.
Prevention and intervention is key.
Mentoring sessions based on positive self-image; attachment issues; positive relationships.
Myth: This only happens to girls and young women
Myth: This is only perpetrated by male offenders
Myth: This only happens in certain ethnic/cultural communities
Myth: This just happens to young teenagers
Myth: This only happens to looked after ‘vulnerable’ children
Myth: This only happens in large urban towns and cities
Myth: There are very few forms it can take
Myth: Parents should know what is happening and should be able to stop it
Defining Child Sexual Exploitation
exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative
and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive
e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money)
a result of
, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities.
Child sexual exploitation
can occur through the use of technology without the child’s
immediate recognition; for
example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones
payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have
them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or
, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in
being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability
resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability
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