Child sexual exploitation Helping children who have experienced CSE
Sexual exploitation is a complicated issue. And children who have experienced it may have extremely complex needs.
Therapeutic services are vital to helping children who’ve been sexually exploited to understand what’s happened to them and move on from their experience.
Supporting children who have experienced child sexual exploitation
Using evidence to develop therapeutic services ensures children who’ve experienced sexual exploitation get the right support.
Our Protect and Respect service supports children and young people who have been, or are at risk of being, sexually exploited.
We're evaluating our service to gather evidence about how to develop an effective response to help young people.
Other partnerships and organisations working to build the evidence base to prevent child sexual abuse include:
Barnardo's and the Children's Society both provide a number of services across the UK to support children and young people experiencing, or at risk of, sexual exploitation. One example is SCARPA, a service provided by both Barnardo's and the Children's Society which recognises that running away or going missing can be a key indicator of child sexual exploitation.
Pace Parent Support Workers work with families where children and young people are at risk of child sexual exploitation.
Pace published an evaluation of the role and contribution of the Pace Parent Support Worker in four multi-agency child sexual exploitation teams in Lancashire (Palmer and Jenkins, 2014).
How Childline can help
Stop it Before it Starts: a free service
Stop it Before it Starts is a free service providing bespoke support and training on preventing child sexual exploitation. It's aimed at voluntary organisations working with young people in London communities.
We know that preventative work is a key factor in responding to child sexual exploitation (CSE). And having early conversations about healthy relationships and consent is vital to tackling it before it starts.
Research1 tells us that that the most effective type of intervention is relationship based support. Stop it Before it Starts helps voluntary organisations build their capacity to work with young people. This could be a youth club, residential unit, hostel or a playground.
This service was developed with external agencies, with funding from Comic Relief and Big Lottery.
Stop it Before it Starts focuses on strengthening and supporting the excellent work that already exists within the voluntary sector.
A social worker from the NSPCC will have an initial consultation with the organisation to identify their needs, before creating a tailored plan of support. This might include a series of workshops, a practical skills session or joint group work.
Where an organisation is concerned about a specific young person, the social worker may take on some direct work.
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Resources on child sexual exploitation
Browse our resources for practitioners working with children who have experienced sexual exploitation on our library catalogue.
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Palmer, E. and Jenkins, P. (2014) Parents as partners in safeguarding children: an evaluation of Pace’s work in four Lancashire child sexual exploitation teams October 2010 – October 2012 (PDF). London: Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace).
Rogers, Emily. (2015) Young people learn how to move on after CSE. Children and young people now. 28 April-11 May: 32-33.