Introduction: Sexual Exploitation Awareness of Children and Young People (CSE)
Sexual exploitation Awareness of Children (CSE) and Young People is high on the government agenda and it has had implications for agencies, LSCB’s, frontline practitioners, key professionals and training programmes. It is a serious child protection issue and relevant policies and procedure must be in place in accordance with Working together to Safeguard and promote the Welfare of Children and Young People.
Sexual exploitation takes many forms such as the offer of accommodation, gifts and other incitements in return for sexual activities. Individuals can be coerced and manipulated to engage in sexual activities, which cause serious harm both emotionally and physically. It causes poor self-esteem, their emotional and wellbeing is compromised and can result in self destructive behaviours.
Children and young people find it very difficult to accept or understand that they are being abused through sexual exploitation. This increases the risk of being subjected to violence and life threating events by the abusers.
Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation is of paramount importance and we as individuals have a duty of care and responsibility. Any concerns it should be reported to the necessary professional agencies immediately. It will give practitioners an awareness and understanding of sexual exploitation and the risks involved.
The government Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people from sexual exploitation.
Signs and Symptoms of Child Sexual Exploitation
The signs and symptoms of child sexual exploitation can be difficult to identify as they can in a lot of cases be similar to normal childhood behaviour. However parents, teachers, teaching assistants, residential workers and practitioners should be aware of the following signs and symptoms:
- inappropriate sexual or sexualised behaviour
- repeat sexually transmitted infections (STIs); in girls repeat pregnancy, abortions, miscarriage
- having unaffordable new things (clothes, mobile) or expensive habits (alcohol, drugs)
- going to hotels or other unusual locations to meet friends
- getting in/out of different cars driven by unknown adults
- going missing from home or care
- having older boyfriends or girlfriends
- associating with other young people involved in sexual exploitation
- truancy, exclusion, disengagement with school, opting out of education altogether
- unexplained changes in behaviour or personality (chaotic, aggressive, sexual)
- drug or alcohol misuse
- getting involved in crime
- injuries from physical assault, physical restraint, sexual assault (Barnardo’s, 2011; CEOP, 2011; Berelowitz et al, 2012).
Who is this course for ( Schools, Teachers, Nursing staff ):
Workers in the Child Care sector who work predominantly with children, young people and their parent / carers who contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child where there are safeguarding issues.
This may include:
- Residential Children’s Homes ( Management and Staff)
- Education / Headmasters / Head teachers / Schools
- Pupil Referral Units
- Health Visitors
- Early Years Practitioners / Link Workers
- Social Care Practitioners
- Fostering and Adoption Services
- Youth Offending Teams (YOT’s)
- Victim Support Units
- Child Advocate Teams
- General Practitioners
- Local Safeguarding Children Boards
- Community Outreach Teams
- Substance Misuse Agencies
- Voluntary Sector Staff / Agency Staff
The aim of the Child Sexual exploitation training is to enhance knowledge and understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) so that those with safeguarding responsibilities can assess the risks effectively to prevent CSE where possible and protect where needed, in order to minimise the long term harm a child or young person may suffer.
It aims to increase awareness of the main issues around the sexual exploitation of children and young people, and is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with children and young people during the course of their work.
The course will raise awareness of legislation and guidance that applies to vulnerable groups, risk factors, how policies can be applied in practice and the roles and responsibilities of various agencies. It promotes the guidelines of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of Children and Young People.
The Candidates will develop an understanding of the basic Principles of Sexual Exploitation awareness of Children and Young People, including:
- Legislation relating to Child Sexual Exploitation
- Define child sexual exploitation (CSE) and put it in context against normal child development
- Commonly used grooming tactics
- Identify factors that increase vulnerability to CSE
- To understand who may be at risk
- Behavioural, emotional and psychological factors in relation to sexual exploitation
- Risk Assessments and harm levels
- How to respond to concerns
- Define strategies and tools practitioners and carers can use to reduce risk
- Strategies in place for reporting procedures
- Building trust and promoting engagement with children, young people and families
- Statutory references, good practice and guidance
- Understanding the roles of various agencies such as: Police, Local Safeguarding Boards, Health Workers, Social Care and other Professionals.
CSE Training can be delivered as a 1 day course (6 hours) or as a briefing session, which can be delivered over 2 to 3 hours. For further information or to discuss your specific requirements please contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I attend the Sexual Exploitation of Children Training Course
In House – Child sexual exploitation training can be delivered in your place of work on a nationwide basis including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. We run this bespoke ‘in-house’ training course anywhere in the UK to suit your specific training needs by arrangement.
Open Course – The Sexual exploitation awareness of Children and Young People Training Course is aslo offered as an Open Course, please contact us to find out the next open course Date and Venue for this course.
Sexual Exploitation awareness of Children and Young People – A Certificate will be awarded to each delegate upon successful completion of the training which forms as evidence towards ‘Continuing Professional Development (CPD)’.
The cost for this course is available on request. Please call us on 0800 774 7034 and speak to one of our Child Protection Consultants for full course details, or alternatively email us at email@example.com.