CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Child sexual exploitation is when children and young people receive items (such as food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, presents, or money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of the internet (through social media sites, dating and grooming sites) or on mobile phones.

In all cases, the person exploiting the child or young person have power over the child or young person because of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or resources? These persons usually exploit vulnerable children and young people who may be going through challenges in their live such as low self-esteem, rejection, neglect, abuse, substance abuse, offending behaviour, family breakdown etc.

For most victims, the pain of their ordeal and fear that they will not be believed means they are too often scared to come forward.

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue across the UK. Hidden from view and going unnoticed, vulnerable young girls and boys are groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatised and scarred for life.
The Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG) conducted by the Children’s Commissioner for England identified 16,500 children as being at high risk of child sexual exploitation April 2010-March 2011.

Our sexual exploitation services:
• We provide solo placements or small homes specifically for young people that are currently being exploited or have been sexually exploited in the past.
• Our homes provide24 hours care, support and monitoring services.
• Our services work hard to identify and reach out to young people at risk in the community, by showing concern and building trust.
• Our staff supports young people to break free of abusive and exploitative relationships.
• Our homes and services provide a safe and confidential environment where exploited children and young people can seek help, advice and support.
• Depending on the support package, Young persons are offered a range of therapeutic interventions including one-to- one counselling, group-work sessions etc.
• Support in building self-confidence and self esteem
• Helping young people make positive choices and decisions
• Working with young people to identify and overcome barriers in their lives

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