Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where the young person (or a third person/s) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another 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 images on the internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain.
Violence, coercion and intimidation are common. Involvement in exploitative relationships is characterised by the child’s or young person’s limited availability of choice as a result of their social, economic or emotional vulnerability.
A common feature of CSE is that the child or young person does not recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and does not see themselves as a victim of exploitation.
The School have appointed a designated Single Point of Contact to help support young people who may be a victim of CSE or know someone who is. Please contact the staff member who is responsible for this area and or the Designated Safeguarding Lead if this is not the same person and record the concerns in CPOMS.