‘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 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 sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without 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.’ (UK National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People (NWG))
CSE is raised with students as and when appropriate to ensure they are able to recognise the signs and protect themselves, or speak out and ask someone for help. The subject is also is covered in PSE lessons and assemblies during Year 10 to educate students as a preventative measure. Students are encouraged to speak to a member of the Pastoral Team (or a member of staff) if they are worried someone might be at risk so that support can be offered to anyone affected by the issue.
If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.
Click on the links below to view the specific school policy linked to Child Sexual Exploitation:
- Safeguarding Policy – view
- Suffolk Police – view website
- Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board – view website
- NSPCC – view website
- Marie Collins Foundation (for information on chat room safety, grooming, cyber bullying, internet stalking and internet safety) – view website
- Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab) – view website