Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.
The Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE, encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance approach to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
Slough Children’s Services Trust is committed to supporting NWG, who organise the event, in the fight against CSE and by supporting victims and their families who are subjected to child sexual exploitation. You can read more about the campaign by visiting the Stop CSE website.
Would you be able to spot CSE? Do you know the signs to look out for?
- Sexual identity, wellbeing and choice: Sexually transmitted infections (particularly repeat infections); pregnancy; terminations; changing or out of character sexual behaviour; exploring sexual relationships in an unsafe context/environment; unable to disclose sexual orientation.
- Absence, truancy and going missing: Truancy from school; missing from home/care; travelling outside: borough/town when missing; unexplained absences.
- Family and home: Sexual, physical, emotional abuse & neglect; risk of forced marriage or honour based violence; female genital mutilation; domestic violence; substance misuse; parental mental health concerns; bereavement; parental and sibling criminality; homelessness or sofa surfing; living in care or temporary accommodation; immigration status.
- Emotional and physical health: Suicidal thoughts, plans & attempts; self-harm; low self-esteem/confidence/worth; learning difficulties; changing emotional wellbeing & signs of poor mental health; unexplained injuries & changes in physical appearance.
- Gangs, groups, age gaps and crime: Involvement in gangs; gang affected family, peers or siblings; concerns of abusive peer groups; involvement with older individuals/groups, lacking friends in same age groups; older ‘boyfriends’; sudden changes in peer groups; bullying (on & off line); friends of young people experiencing CSE. \
- Use of technology and sexual bullying: Sexual activity &, or named in videos; secretive use of internet/phones/social networking sites; sudden behaviour changes when using the phone or internet; control via phone or internet; multiple or secretive social networking profiles.
- Alcohol and substances: Reliance on & changing use of substances, both legal and illegal.
- Receipt of unexplained gifts or money: Unexplained money, mobile phones; phone credit, items, clothes, money; travel in taxis; gifts where payment is required at a later date; worries about having debts.
- Distrust of authority figures: Resistance to communicating with parents, carers, teachers, social services, health, police and others.
If you are concerned that a child or young person in Slough is being harmed through abuse or neglect, our Front Door is where to start. Find out more by visiting the Emergencies/Concern page.
Together, we can work to inform, educate and prevent child sexual exploitation.