CSE Awareness Day 2018

Sunday 18 March 2018 will be the fifth National CSE Awareness Day, organised annually by the National Working Group to highlight the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE); encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse, and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, or children developing inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers.

Help raise awareness on the day by writing a personal pledge on your hand to show your support, posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands. 

It is believed that 1 in 3 victims of child sexual exploitation is male, yet only 1 in 10 victims known to support services is a boy, so why not share one of the videos from the YMCA’s WSE Up to Boys campaign, that is raising awareness with young people, the public, and professionals that boys and young men are also sexually exploited. Find out more here


CSE Definition & Guidance:

Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. Sexual abuse may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside clothing. It may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in the production of sexual images, forcing children to look at sexual images or watch sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).

The definition of child sexual exploitation is as follows:

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. 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.

You can read the full government guidance here and read the local Pan Sussex Safeguarding & Child Protection Procedures online.

Read more about CSE, including the signs and vulnerabilities, here

LSCB Training:

The LSCB in partnership with The Wise Project currently run two multi-agency training courses on Child Exploitation. The first day Preventing & Disrupting the Exploitation of Children & Young People helps professionals understand the sexual exploitation of children and young people and what places a young person at risk; equips them with knowledge of prevalence and forms of young people’s sexual exploitation in Brighton & Hove; helps them recognise vulnerabilities and risk indicators; and tells them how to get support for young people who are exploited.


The second day Child Exploitation: Working with Young People at Risk goes on to help provide workers with the confidence and skills to work with young people around issues relating to CSE, and includes an enhanced focus on online safety and police disruption techniques as well as an outline of the local picture of CSE with reference to serious case review recommendations.


These training offers are being reviewed and rewritten, to encompass the wider aspects of Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation, and while still including CSE it will also look at criminal exploitation and radicalisation, to help safeguarding professionals deal and interact with the young people involved.