Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation
One Day Workshop
Understanding child sexual exploitation (CSE) will provide professionals working with children and young people with the knowledge and skills to identify these key indicators of CSE. The workshop will discuss current research on CSE and evidence based practice. It will highlight what actions may need to be taken when concerns arise.
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse that occurs when an individual or group take advantage of a child. This may be through through coercion, grooming, manipulation or deception to get them to engage in sexual activity. Usually, there is an exchange between the victim (e.g. receiving alcohol, cigarettes) and perpetrator (e.g. financial gain, increased status). Between August 2010 and October 2011 over 2,400 children were victims of sexual exploitation by gangs and groups in the UK (Berelowitz et al., 2012). The number of victims sexually exploited by an individual are not included in this figure.
Technological advances in modern society has meant social media has become a social hub for young people. CSE is linked to this as perpetrators have an abundance of opportunities to contact young people and are able to remain relatively anonymous. 1 in 5 indecent images of children shared online were taken by the child themselves (CEOP, 2013). This creates difficulties in catching perpetrators, safeguarding young people and calculating the true extent of the problem.
Professionals working with children and young people must have a basic awareness of CSE. Individuals who work with vulnerable children who present with mental health issues, emotional and behavioural difficulties or learning disabilities require knowledge about the risk indicators associated with CSE.
Learning Outcomes of Understanding Child Sexual Exploitation
- Different methods of CSE used by perpetrators
- Links between certain vulnerabilities and CSE
- How CSE and abuse can occur online
- Knowledge around common risk indicators of CSE
- Best practice around multi-agency working and CSE
- Research and statistics around CSE