The sexual exploitation of children and young people has been identified across the United Kingdom, in both rural and urban areas. It affects boys and young men as well as girls and young women. It robs children of their childhood and can have a serious long-term impact on every aspect of their lives, health and education. It damages the lives of families and carers and can lead to family break-ups. Sexual exploitation of children and young people is a crime.
In addition to the core business and functions of the LSCB, we have decided, as a Board, to focus on some areas that require further or emerging focus and we have called these Particular Interests. It is the intent of the LSCB to improve the lives of children in Cumbria by ensuring that all those who work with young people are aware of what child sexual exploitation is, will intervene as early as possible, will respond to the needs of victims to repair the damage and will work together to prevent children becoming victims in the first place.
Our previous Chapter 12 CSE procedure, praised by National Working Group, has been enhanced based on best practice and following feedback from practitioners – Search for 'Child Sexual Exploitation' at Procedures.
The procedure contains appendices which can also be accessed and printed off separately - as tools for practitioners. These are:
All frontline practitioners working with children and young people need to be aware of this procedure and know where to find it, plus the associated materials and tools.
Search for 'Child Sexual Exploitation' at http://cumbrialscb.proceduresonline.com/index.htm.
Practitioners should use the procedure and tools and participate in training on child sexual exploitation (see Training), and therefore be aware of the key indicators of child sexual exploitation.
These 12 films are aimed at anyone who wants to access learning from the latest research on child sexual exploitation (CSE), in a short accessible form.
The films share the findings of a range of studies undertaken by researchers in ‘The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire, as well as drawing on wider CSE literature.