Something’s not right’…
Several high profile cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford, have raised national interest. In Rochdale and Rotherham there was criticism of the police and social services for their failure to intervene early enough due to a perception that victims were engaging in sexual relationships consensually.
Much of the media attention has been around group CSE, but CSE does not just happen in groups and gangs - family members and individuals can be involved, and media attention has not reflected this.
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – regardless of their social or ethnic background.
It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
CSE can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no 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.
The young person might think that their abuser is their friend or girl/boyfriend but the abuser is likely to be violent and /or abusive to get the young person to do what they want for them. They will control and manipulate the young person and try to isolate them from friends and family.
Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire, don’t risk ignoring it. Call 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns.
There are a number of different forms in which CSE can present itself; these can range from internet sexual exploitation, sexual exploitation at house parties and the movement of young people for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
There is no typical victim of Child Sexual Exploitation, however there are warning signs which may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what you’re looking for, you can take steps to help them.
Ask yourself is the young person…
- Regularly missing from home or school or staying out all night
- Receiving lots of texts or phone calls prior to leaving
- Changing in physical appearance or personal hygiene
- Experiencing low self-esteem or self-harming
The project has been made possible thanks to Sexual Assault Referral Centre funding (Blue Sky Centre) a Sexual Assault Referral Centre for women, men and children; it recognises all forms of sexual violence including:
- Sexual Assault
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Rape within marriage
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Sexual Exploitation
For any concerns regarding Child sexual exploitation please contact the helpline on 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns or visit http://warwickshirecse.co.uk
The designated/named nurses for child protection will contact Primary care practices when it is known that a child or young person is at risk of CSE to ensure that GP’s and practice nurses are aware of the risks and other professionals involved in working with the young person.
Other Support services:
A free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They are available online, on the phone, anytime.
Contacting ChildLine by phone: 0800 1111
Message boards (Want to say how you're feeling? Or ask a question? Here you can share your experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations): https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/message-boards/
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
PACE / Parents Against Child Exploitation
Pace national parent support helpline: If you are parent with any concerns that your child is being exploited or is at risk, call their national support team on 0113 240 5226.
PACE information library online: http://paceuk.info/for-parents/advice-centre/
NWG Network / Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
The NWG is a charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 14 500 practitioners who disseminate our information down through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK.
NWG online for parents: https://www.nwgnetwork.org/for-parents/
NWG online for young people: https://www.nwgnetwork.org/for-young-people/
NWG on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/cseresponseunit/
CEOP / Child Exploitation and Online Protection command
CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situation to you. For more information about CEOP go to their website: https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/How-can-CEOP-help-me-YP/
If you have been a victim of online abuse or you're worried about somebody else, let CEOP know securely: https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/