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LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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.

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. 

This definition of child sexual exploitation was created by the UK National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People (NWG) and is used in statutory guidance for England.

Message from DCI Ian Green (Chair of Coventry CSE and Missing Steering Group): 

"Child sexual exploitation has been highlighted over the past few months as being both prevalent and increasing. It is hideous in its nature and has terrible effects on the lives of both young people and their families. In Coventry we are committed to working closely together with the other 6 West Midlands Metropolitan area due to the transient threat of this crime which has no boundaries. By working together we can gain a greater insight into the nature of the threat and how it can be addressed and challenged.

Over the past 12 months we have witnessed a rapid pace of change in responding to this threat and this will continue over the coming months. As a City we must work together to bring perpetrators to justice, support victims of exploitation and actively engage education, community and faith groups and all partnership organisations in preventing CSE.

It is vital that all partners work closely together to develop and implement robust, co-ordinated activity to ensure that we effectively achieve these aims."

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation across the West Midlands Metropolitan Region - 2016/17 Quarter 2 Assessment

Post-18 Support

Young people who are risk of or being sexually exploited, unless they are care leavers, will only continue to get support from Children’s Social Care and relevant health services up until their 18 birthday. The LSCB recognises that often young people continue to be at risk, or experience sexual exploitation post 18 and have identified the following organisations who are able to support these young people:

  • Children and Family First Service - Can carry on working with an individual or a whole family up to the age of 19. 
  • Kairos - Can work with females age 18-24 who are involved in sex work, or at risk of prostitution, and those aspiring to leave it. 
  • CRASAC - offers free and confidential support and information to anyone from the age of 5 who has been affected by sexual violence. They also provide support to parents, partners, supporters and professionals. 
  • The Youth Service - offers programmes of personal and social development to young people aged from 11-21 years. 
  • Valley House - supports women with their children who are experiencing  or have recently experienced abuse.
  • Harm Reduction Forum - may provide multi-agency support to victims of abuse.
  • The All Age Disability Service - supports people with disabilities of all ages and their carers to support their personal, social care and health outcomes.

See me, Hear me have also produced a directory of regional and local post-18 support.

Documents for practitioners

Coventry Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)


Tel: 024 7683 2568


Room 123
Civic Centre 1
Little Park Street

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