Young person-centred approaches in CSE - promoting participation and building self-efficacy: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Frontline resources
Published: Feb 2017
Author: Camille Warrington

Enabling children and young people’s participation is a fundamental aspect of protecting them, amplifying their voices and challenging the cultures of silence in which abuse flourishes. This briefing builds on the findings and recommendations for effective service design and practice development highlighted within our Working effectively to address Child Sexual Exploitation: Evidence Scope (2015). It explores how to work with risk and the perceived ‘choices’ of young people affected by child sexual exploitation, in order to build resilience, self-efficacy and involve young people in decision-making about their care.

Accompanying the briefing is a checklist tool containing a set of questions and prompts to use when planning group-based participatory activities with young people affected by child sexual exploitation.

Please note. This resource was first published in July 2016. Please note that in 2017 the government issued an updated definition of child sexual exploitation to be used for the purposes of the statutory Working Together guidance. The new definition states that:

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
(Department for Education, 2017)

This new guidance was commissioned by the Department for Education and is based on a review of the evidence by the University of Bedfordshire and Research in Practice. The extended text is available as an open access resource -

The document should be read in conjunction with Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, which provides the statutory framework for responding to child sexual exploitation and all other forms of abuse -

Aimed at: Principal Social Workers, Heads of Service and service managers for children and families, practitioners in social work and youth offending, youth workers, advocacy and IRO services, residential home workers and foster carers, school welfare leads.

Number of pages: 24
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