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 in exchange for (a) something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.
Whatever your contact with children and young people is, you could make use of the toolbox to help you think through any concerns you have about the possibility of sexual exploitation.
When you do so it is important to bear in mind the following: Firstly, identify who is involved in the case that you are working on, including any significant family members, friends or network of professionals including foster carers.
If you believe that a child or young person is being abused take immediate action, inform the police and children’s social care child protection team.
Once you have raised these alerts complete the assessment instruments in this document and share these with the professionals involved in the case.
The statutory responsibilities for safeguarding this group are extended to older individuals receiving services on the basis of specific vulnerabilities.
Consequently, our responsibilities for safeguarding in cases involving former looked after children and anyone with special educational needs extend to the age of 21.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a specific issue in protection, safeguarding and vulnerability.
Best practice in this area of work comprises collaboration within and across disciplines, agencies and teams and requires up-to-date knowledge and understanding of key concepts and legislative frameworks.
Your line manager will be able to help you identify your developmental needs in this area along with any appropriate training opportunities.