Child Sexual Exploitation
Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child or young person’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain.
Sexual exploitation can affect any child. However, some children are particularly vulnerable, including those who:
Child Sexual Exploitation is a subtle but destructive crime that can end up affecting every part of a victim's health, happiness and development. In particular, victims are at risk of:
Young people and their families often require a range of support services over sometimes a long period of time to assist them in overcoming the impact of CSE.
Southend LSCB has prioritised and is committed to tackling CSE. It works together with the LSCBs of Essex and Thurrock to coordinate its response to this issue. Our CSE Policy details how agencies, including the Police and Children’s Services, will work together to identify children and young people at risk of CSE; share information; assess their needs; support them and their families; and disrupt and pursue perpetrators through the criminal justice system. All LSCB partner agencies have a CSE Champion to help professionals in their organisation to identify and support children and young people at risk of CSE.
If a child or young person is at immediate risk phone 999 and ask for the police