Sexual exploitation – how much do you know?

What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

Child Sexual Exploitation is the coercion or manipulation of children and young people into taking part in sexual activities.  It is a form of sexual abuse involving an exchange of some form of payment which can include money, mobile phones and other items, drugs, alcohol, a place to stay, 'protection' or affection. 

The vulnerability of the young person and grooming process employed by perpetrators renders them powerless to recognise the exploitative nature of relationships and unable to give informed consent.

When referring to Child Sexual exploitation the LSCB has adopted the definition developed by the National Working Group:

"The 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 use of technology without the child's immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain.  In all cases those exploiting the child/young person 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 being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability."

Barnardos with agreement and support of Darlington Borough Council have created a sexual exploitation project specifically for the Darlington area. The project is called the Barnardos CATE Project (children affected through exploitation).

You can find your local project by visiting the Barnado's website [external link]

The CATE project is based within the Family Intervention Team and works with young people from 11 to 18 years old within the Darlington area who are being sexually exploited or at risk of being sexually exploited. Work can compromise of one to one or group work, and this can be within the home (if appropriate), youth centres or at school.

Barnardos CATE Project Pease House 12A Horsemarket Darlington DL1 5PW

Telephone: 01325 406160 Email: 

ERASE Exploitation

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A new website has been launched by a multi-agency ERASE team, as a source for help and information for children, parents and the wider community. ERASE stands for Educate and Raise Awareness of Sexual Exploitation.

The new website can be found at [external link]

CSE Awareness Day is taking place on Friday 18th March.  It’s part of a national campaign by the NWG (National Working Group) to see an end to the sexual exploitation of children and young people.  The NWG want to see the world unite against child sexual exploitation.

What you can do on the day - Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for the Helping Hands Campaign, post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands to help raise awareness of CSE.

Further information is available by visiting the NWG website [external link].