Child Sexual Exploitation

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Several high profile cases of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford, have raised national interest. In Rochdale and Rotherham there was criticism of the police and social services for their failure to intervene early enough due to a perception that victims were engaging in sexual relationships consensually.

Much of the media attention has been around group CSE, but CSE does not just happen in groups and gangs - family members and individuals can be involved, and media attention has not reflected this.

Currently there are 173 children identified as at risk in Warwickshire of CSE.

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – regardless of their social or ethnic background.

It relates to situations where a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or desires, for example; attention, a sense of belonging, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation.

The young person might think that their abuser is their friend or girl/boyfriend but the abuser is likely to be violent and /or abusive to get the young person to do what they want for them. They will control and manipulate the young person and try to isolate them from friends and family.

Last year Barnardo’s services worked with 1,940 children and young people who had been sexually exploited.

Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Warwickshire, don’t risk ignoring it. Call 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns.

Warning signs

There are a number of different forms in which CSE can present itself; these can range from internet sexual exploitation, sexual exploitation at house parties and the movement of young people for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

There is no typical victim of Child Sexual Exploitation, however there are warning signs which may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what you’re looking for, you can take steps to help them.

Ask yourself is the young person…

  • Regularly missing from home or school or staying out all night
  • Receiving lots of texts or phone calls prior to leaving
  • Changing in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Experiencing low self-esteem or self-harming

The project has been made possible thanks to Sexual Assault Referral Centre funding (Blue Sky Centre) a Sexual Assault Referral Centre for women, men and children; it recognises all forms of sexual violence including:

  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Rape within marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Trafficking
  • Sexual Exploitation

For any concerns regarding Child sexual exploitation please contact the helpline on 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns or visit

The designated nurse for child protection will contact Primary care practices when it is known that a child or young person is at risk of CSE to ensure that GP’s and practice nurses are aware of the risks and other professionals involved in working with the young person.

 Useful links

Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board

Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) is a statutory multi-agency partnership which exists to:

  • Ensure that sound arrangements to protect children are in place in Warwickshire;
  • Promote the welfare of children in Warwickshire;
  • Achieve these objectives by promoting interagency cooperation and collaboration.
  • WSCB will do this by:
  • Forming a view of the quality of local activity in safeguarding (including early help)
  • Challenging organisations as necessary
  • Speaking with an independent voice.

For more information on the board see 

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