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CSE Awareness Week – Day 3

Alternative language to describe CSE

Practitioners sometime find it a challenge to describe what is happening within CSE without the language appearing to blame the victim. This guide can help practitioners with thinking about the language they use and in turn to challenge pre-conceptions.

 Please read this if you work with children vulnerable to exploitation.

 Safeguarding Children Boards Exploitation strategy re-launch

 In April 2015 the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards developed a CSE Strategy to drive partners’ work to tackle CSE locally. This has been successful; joint working has progressed the approaches to CSE significantly. The Boards are just about to be asked to agree a revised strategy which has evolved in the latest revision to include children who are exploited in other ways such as children who go missing, who are trafficked or vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

This strategy describes how the two Boards and all partner agencies across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole are addressing and continuously improving the ways we are tackling Child Exploitation. The strategy builds on progress made to date and on what we have learned, both locally and from the large number of significant reports published nationally and research on these areas of multi-agency work.

The Strategy sets out how it is our collective multi-agency responsibility to identify those children and young people at risk of exploitation and our joint responsibility to work with them and their families to offer protection and safeguard them from further risk of harm. It is also our joint responsibility to prevent children becoming victims of this form of abuse and reassure our communities we can perform our duties effectively.

It is particularly important that the voices of young people are heard and they are not necessarily criminalised for behaviour, which can be dealt with more appropriately. It is known that early identification of vulnerability and reducing the exposure to harm will have a positive impact on the outcomes for children.

It is recognised that our vulnerability centred approach is needed to ensure that all circumstances are taken in to account and the provision of services is consistent to meet the individual needs of children and young persons. In addition that multi- agency partners develop the confidence of vulnerable young people and their families in our ability to protect them from exploitation. We recognise that young people might not be aware of exploitative relationships or being exposed to risk such as via social media that can be used to exploit them, so we want to provide them with the knowledge and confidence to come forward and seek help.

 The strategy will lead to an action plan delivered by partners across the two Boards.

DCI Joan Carmichael, Dorset Police

The Truth Project

We are all aware that many adults are victims of child sexual abuse that they have not disclosed. The Truth Project was set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting. It is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual

abuse. It aims to understand the past to help protect children now and in the future.

By sharing their experiences, victims and survivors make an important contribution to the work of the Inquiry and their experiences will feed into and influence our findings and recommendations.

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