National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day
This awareness day has been organised by The National Working Group, whose principal objective is to offer support and advice to those working with children and young people under eighteen who are affected by sexual exploitation. The following is taken from their website:
On the 18th March, National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation. We aim to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
So what is CSE?
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse. 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. What separates CSE from other forms of sexual abuse is “the presence of some form of exchange”. A victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual.
It is CSE if:
(1) The child/young person receives, or believes they will receive, something they need or want (tangible or intangible gain or the avoidance of harm) in exchange for the sexual activity.
(2) The perpetrator/facilitator gains financial advantage or enhanced status from the abuse.
Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. Recent developments in technology have made access to vulnerable children and young people much easier. This type of exploitation can, but doesn’t always, lead on to physical contact.
Who is at risk of CSE?
ANY child or young person can be a victim of CSE! This includes children of any age, from any ethnicity, any sexual orientation or identity, from any community or area, of any level of ability and a victim can be male or female.
Why is it important for you to understand CSE?
“Parents and carers have a critical role to play to protect children and young people from child sexual exploitation. They can educate children about sex, healthy relationships and abuse, enhance resilience, provide a safe base and ensure open channels of communication” (Beckett, Holmes and Walker, 2017).
March 18th is all about raising awareness of CSE and ensuring people recognise the signs and report any concerns.
Please remember that we run a comprehensive CSE training course for carers. For more information regarding dates and venues for this please speak with your supervising social worker.
You can also access some free training online, just follow this link:
There are many website that can provide further information, including;
Safe and Sound www.safeandsoundgroup.org.uk
National Working Group www.nwgnetwork.org
CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) www.thinkuknow.co.uk
BLAST Project (National boys and young men’s sexual exploitation service and CSE resources for primary schools) www.mesmac.co.uk/blast
Net Aware www.net-aware.org.uk
PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) www.paceuk.info
UK Safer Internet Centre www.saferinternet.org.uk
Parent Zone www.parentzone.org.uk