This toolbox is intended to help you explore the vulnerabilities and indicators of risk present in the case of a child or young person that you think might be experiencing or be at risk of sexual exploitation.
It includes resources targeted for children and young people, families and professionals.
Your line manager will be able to help you identify your developmental needs in this area along with any appropriate training opportunities.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse.
However, if the CSE toolbox approach is useful there is no reason why it could not be taken in cases with older vulnerable people.
In principle, anyone working with children or young people who are potentially vulnerable to the risks of being sexually exploited and abused can use the toolbox.
Next, review the indicators of actual CSE present in the case.
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 in exchange for (a) something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) 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.
Whatever your contact with children and young people is, you could make use of the toolbox to help you think through any concerns you have about the possibility of sexual exploitation.
When you do so it is important to bear in mind the following: Firstly, identify who is involved in the case that you are working on, including any significant family members, friends or network of professionals including foster carers.Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a specific issue in protection, safeguarding and vulnerability.