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Sexual Exploitation

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. (Working Together 2018)

The Deaprtment of Education has produced  Child Sexual Expolitation guidance  in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Research In Practice, the full document is also available here

If you have concerns about a child or young person is a victim of CSE then you should use a screening tool to help you make a professional judgement about the level of risk and response required.

Solihull have developed the Petch screening tool specifically for use with children under the age of 12.  We recognise the importance of sharing developments that have been made in Solihull widely. There is a moral imperative to do so as we know that it provides an effective supportive framework to help professionals to identify and safeguard children under the age of 12 who are vulnerable to child sexual exploitation. The potential to keep children safe is significant. We invite other Councils and LSCPs to adopt the Petch Screening Tool and to fully embed it within their safeguarding procedures. We have created an external version to help you with this, providing blank spaces for you to include your local safeguarding information and links to your local procedures.

We expect any area using this to retain the name of the screening tool and to fully retain the integrity of Solihull’s original work. Thank you.

We would be very interested in hearing about the impact of using the Petch Screening tool in your locality, as part of the ongoing evaluation. Please email any evaluative information to bpetch@solihull.gov.uk

If you are concerned about a young person who may be being sexually exploited, please contact Solihull CSE Team cse@solihull.gcsx.gov.uk or Children’s Social Work Services on 0121 788 4300 (Monday- Thursday 8.45am- 5.20pm, Friday 8.45am-4.30pm) or out of hours Emergency Duty Team 0121 605 6060

"Say Something" is a 24/7, anonymous helpline, that creates space for young people to share any worries they have about themselves or their friends and will provide support to help them keep safe.

Call or text 116000

Facebook: /SaySomething

Twitter: @SaySomethingIf 

Resources for supporting young people experiencing or at risk of CSE…..

  • Solihull MBC have developed resource packs to support professionals in carrying out relationships education and prevention work around CSE with primary and secondary aged children and young people. 
  • Barnardos have created a leaflet for young people explaining more about Child Sexual exploitation
  • Birmingham & Solihull’s Umberella service has some useful information and specialist services for sexual health concerns. Opening times for sexual health clinics are also available on the Website
  • Barnardos have developed an app which can be downloaded for free which helps you to consider safe choices relating to relationships and Child Sexual Exploitation."Wud U?" can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or by visiting Barnardos website

For further resources for supporting young people experiencing or at risk of CSE, please click on the Child Sexual Exploitation – Information for Children and Young People section

For resources for supporting Parents or Carers please click on the Child Sexual Exploitation – information for parents or carers section of the website. There is a free interactive education tool for parents/ carers available here

Useful information and Research for Professionals…

  • See Me Hear Me is a West Midlands-wide campaign which aims to improve people’s awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. You can register on the website to receive the West Midlands CSE news letter. 
  • NWG Network provides expert information and further resources about CSE.
  • Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation) carried out joint targeted area inspection focused on child sexual exploitation and published 'Time to listen’− a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children in September 2016,
  • The University of Bedfordshire International Research Centre has lots of training resources and research available about child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking.
  • Old Enough To Know Better published by the Children's Society in Nov 2015 is a report that looks at why sexually exploited older children are being overlooked. 
  • Under protected over protected is a report supported by Comic Relief about meeting the needs of children with learning disabilities who experience or are at risk of child sexual exploitation. There is a supporting Practice Guide
  • Barnardo's published Research on the exploitation of boys and young men in August 2014. and in March 2015 The Open University and Action For Children published a report Beyond Male Role Models: gender identities and work with young men.
  • The Relational Safeguarding Model is a guide produced by Parents Against Child Sexual exploitation (PACE) There is also a leaflet documenting some parents experiences. 
  • Working Effectively to Address Child Sexual Exploitation: An evidence scope produced by Research in Practice 
  • The Fixing Child Sexual Exploitation project allowed young people, who had gone on the journey from victim to survivor of child sexual exploitation and abuse, to share their views and experiences in this report
  • The centre of expertise on child sexual abuse have publishing five studies on CSE perpetration, the first step in this research programme. The scoping studies identify key findings from existing research and provide new evidence on the characteristics and perspectives of people who sexually exploit young people. 
  • The Home office have published a disruption tool kit