WHAT IS CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse which involves children and young people (male and female and of a range of ethnic origins) receiving something in exchange for sexual activity.
The Department of Education defines CSE as follows:
‘Sexual exploitation of children and young people under the age of 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receives ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts or money) as a result of them performing and/or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child Sexual Exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships have been characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and or emotional vulnerability’
(Source: Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation: supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard Children 2009).
It is important that agencies work together and share relevant information with other agencies where it is in the best interest of the child or young person.
If you do have suspicions or concerns that a child or young person is being sexually exploited, you should:
Report your concern by telephoning, 01302 736532 (the safeguarding single point of contact) or contact the Doncaster Multi Agency CSE Team direct, telephone 01302 737200.
If you see something that doesn’t look right; hear something that doesn’t sound right or something just doesn’t feel right – say something