Presentation on theme: "Welcome Child Sexual Exploitation Briefing"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome Child Sexual Exploitation Briefing Carron O’ByrneTransformation Manager
2 What is Child Sexual Exploitation? Child Sexual Exploitation is a criminal act that has a devastating impact upon children and young people.Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing/and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet or on a mobile phone without immediate payment or gain.
3 What is Child Sexual Exploitation? (cont.) In all cases, those exploiting the child or young person will have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships is characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social, economic, and emotional vulnerabilities.
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5 Who does Child Sexual Exploitation affect Who does Child Sexual Exploitation affect? Any child could be a victim of child sexual exploitation:Victims come from all communities.Male and female.Any socio-economic background.Groups of children and young people and multiple perpetrators may be involved.
6 Who Needs to Understand Child Sexual Exploitation? Children and young peopleStaff working with children, young people and familiesThose working in law enforcement and public protectionParents, carers and guardiansThe wider community
7 Factors that increase a Young Person’s vulnerability Children and young people who are Looked AfterExperience of abuse / neglect / domestic violenceLearning difficulties or disabilitiesDifficult school lifeMental ill healthBereavement
8 Some of the indicators of child sexual exploitation Regularly coming home late or going missingUnaccounted for monies or goodsReduced contact with family, friends and support networksStaying out overnight with no explanationNon school attendance or excluded due to behaviourRepeat offending
9 Impact of sexual exploitation on children and young people Physical healthMental healthEducation and trainingFamily relationshipsFriends and social relationshipsBehaviourInvolvement in criminal activityOver 70% of adults involved in prostitution were sexually exploited as children or teenagers (‘Not a game: young women and prostitution’, YMCA 2002)
10 What can you do to support Young People? Speak with children and their parents/carers about sexual exploitation, healthy relationships and safe choices.Recognise the warning signs of child sexual exploitation and respond.Follow local GIRFEC or Child Protection Procedures.Share information with social work and police to support the disruption and prosecution of alleged perpetrators of this abuse.
11 Aberdeenshire's approach to Child Sexual Exploitation Child & Family Protection CommitteeFindings from Reports (Rotherham)Set-up of the Strategic GroupAberdeenshire's Strategy and Action Plan, building on good work already underway.Consulting with young people to inform our way forwardWe don’t know what we don’t know