Sexual exploitation takes many forms such as the offer of accommodation, gifts and other incitements in return for sexual activities.
London (PRWEB UK) 12 February 2013
Child Sexual exploitation in gangs and groups is high on the government agenda and it has major implications for agencies, LSCB’s, frontline practitioners, police, health, key professionals and training programmes. It is a serious child protection issue and relevant policies and procedure must be in place in accordance with Working together to Safeguard and promote the Welfare of Children and Young People. Sexual exploitation takes many forms such as the offer of accommodation, gifts and other incitements in return for sexual activities. Individuals can be coerced and manipulated to engage in sexual activities, which cause serious harm both emotionally and physically. It causes poor self-esteem, their emotional and wellbeing is compromised and can result in self destructive behaviours. Children and young people find it very difficult to accept or understand that they are being abused through sexual exploitation and this increases the risk of being subjected to violence and life threatening events by the abusers.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups interim report November 2012 called ‘I thought I was the only one’ The only one in the world it is not a comfortable read and some people will find it distressing, in my opinion it is a must for all professionals and multidisciplinary agencies to read. It is a very detailed report on phase one of the inquiry and very thought provoking and is indeed a wakeup call to our responsibility to protect children and act to stop this terrible abuse. Based on evidence produced to the CSEGG inquiry at least 16,500 children were identified as being at risk of child exploitation, this figure was based on children showing three or more signs of behaviour indicating they were at risk of Child Exploitation. The inquiry also pin pointed concerns about the ability of professionals to identify and support victims and the report makes recommendations on how to improve the identification in gangs and groups , along with victims and perpetrators and also the gathering of data and evidence. It looks at the age range and who the victims are both male and female of a range of ethnicities. It makes recommendations for immediate action to professional bodies that the warning signs of child exploitation to all professionals who come into contact with children and young people and ensure they understand and act on them.
Phase 2 of the inquiry will run from 2012-2013 and will identify measures required to prevent child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups and there will be recommendations madeto put these in place.
This report reinforces the paramount importance of working together as professionals to safeguard children and young people from sexual exploitation and ensuring we have the appropriate training to identify and support victims and an understanding of the procedures required that we need to follow.
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