Child Sexual Exploitation
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a top priority for Hugh Baird College.
High profile cases in places such as Rochdale, Oxfordshire and Rotherham have highlighted the need for multi-agency partners and police forces to work together and be vigilant; be aware of CSE signs and identify children and young people who are at risk.
As such, Hugh Baird College, in partnership with Merseyside Police have launched the Listen to My Story website with the aim of raising the awareness of CSE to reduce harm to children and young people who are being sexually exploited, but do not believe they are being sexually exploited.
Types of Child Exploitation
Usually involving one offender who has inappropriate power or control over a young person (physical, emotional or financial). One indicator may be a significant age gap. The young person may believe they are in a loving relationship.
The Boyfriend Model and Peer Exploitation
The offender befriends and grooms a young person into a ‘relationship’ and then coerces or forces them to have sex with friends or associates. Sometimes this can be associated with gang activity but not always.
Organised/networked sexual exploitation or trafficking
Young people (often connected) are passed through groups, possibly over geographical distances, between towns and cities where they may be forced/coerced into sexual activity with multiple men. Often this occurs at ‘parties’ and young people who are involved may recruit others into the network. Some of this activity can involve the organised ‘buying and selling’ of young people by offenders. Organised exploitation varies from spontaneous networking between groups of offenders to more serious organised crime where young people are effectively ‘sold’.
Gangs and groups
Gang – mainly comprising men and boys aged 13 – 25 years old, who take part in many forms of criminal activity (e.g. knife crime or robbery) who can engage in violence against other gangs, and who have identifiable markers, for example, a territory, a name, or sometimes clothing. While a gang can sexually exploit children, this is not the reason why a gang is formed.
What to do if you know of someone who is at risk
Send a confidential message to the Hugh Baird College Safeguarding Officers:
Send a report
However, if you think the life of a child is in immediate danger, please dial 999.