Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse and must be treated that way.
The new statutory definition as of Feb 2017 details CSE as the following:
“It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.
The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual.
Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology”
Warning Signs and Indicators: This list is not exhaustive as every child can display little indications and on different levels. This is just as a guideline and some of the common factors in Boys & Girls who are being groomed.
Please refer to the WSCB screening tool for more.
- Repeatedly missing
- Changes in Behaviour
- Unexplained relationships, usually with people older
- Truancy or disengagement from family, social groups, professionals
- Changes in appearance (this could look positive to start with)
- Unknown vehicles transporting the child
- Concerning internet use
- Phone calls/texts/social media messages that are secretive and from people parents/carers don’t know.
- Gifts, money, clothes, phone with no explanation as to where they have come from
- Physical and sexual symptoms. (Bruising & STI’s etc)
- Drug and Alcohol misuse
If you are concerned that a child may be being groomed or exploited, there is a set procedure to follow in Walsall.
Please click here to see the Walsall Safeguarding Boards procedure.
Street Teams work with victims of Child Sexual Exploitation and accept referrals from professionals after the above procedure has been followed.
If you would like to discuss a potential referral for any of our services then please give us a call or drop us an email.
INFORMATION & INTELLIGENCE
If you have intelligence or information on a child, perpetrator or anything in connection with CSE, then you must fill in a Police partnership form to share this info. Your information could be the missing piece of the puzzle.
Insert link to the police info form.
Please report any immediate concerns to 101 or 999