Child Sexual Exploitation – resources for people working with children and young people
Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Children Board has issued the following details about resources available to organisations and people working with children and young people to support awareness of and action against Child Sexual Exploitation.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse which involves boys and girls receiving something – for example accommodation, food, drugs and alcohol, gifts, money or affection – in exchange for sexual activity or having others perform sexual activities on them.
These children are often the victim of violence, coercion and intimidation and we all have a responsibility to protect them.
As a person working with children and young people, you have a responsibility to recognise and safeguard the children and young people that you work with against CSE. The message we want you to remember is “if you can’t rule it out, then rule it in.”
To help you, Solihull’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published an induction pack on CSE as well as human trafficking and runaways. It has the following resources on CSE:
- What makes children and young people vulnerable to CSE and the signs to look out for
- A new West Midlands wide screening tool which enables you to assess a child’s level of risk/vulnerability to CSE
- The steps you should take if you suspect a child or young person is being sexually exploited
Other useful resources are available on the Solihull Council website including tools to use with young people and a ‘myths buster guide’ which challenges the myths and stereotypes around CSE.
Please also make yourself familiar with the LSCB CSE procedures.
It is important that you attend CSE training if you have not already done so – the LSCB provides three levels of training on awareness; protection, prevention and detection; and skills for working with vulnerable young people.
Update August 2015:
Solihull has a CSE Co-ordinator on hand to provide advice and guidance if you are concerned about a child or young person who is at risk of, or experiencing CSE. The CSE Co-ordinator can provide a variety of support from suggesting resources to use with a young person, assisting with CSE procedures and contributing to meetings.
You can contact the CSE Co-ordinator or CSE Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0121 788 4333.
(The LSCB is aiming to launch a new website for CSE in Autumn 2015.)