Sexual exploitation of children and young people 


Sexual exploitation is a curious term, for it runs the risk of glossing over the reality of what is done to children.  The reality is that each year thousands of children in England are raped and abused from as young as 11 years by people seeking to humiliate, violate and control them and the impact on their lives is often devastating (1).

We work in a way that ensures sexual exploitation of children and young people is not regarded as criminal behaviour on the part of the child or young person, but as child sexual abuse, and we work from the belief that exploitation is an imbalance of power within the relationship.  The sexual abuser always holds some kind of power over the victim:  increasing the dependence of the victim as the exploitative relationship develops.  Sexual exploitation can take many forms from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship where sex is exchanged for attention, affection, accommodation or gifts, to serious organised crime and child trafficking.

(1) The Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation In Gangs and Groups, November 2012

Course title Brief overview Length Level

Understanding sexual exploitation of children and young people

This training will help staff from all agencies develop their knowledge and understanding about child sexual exploitation and it will draw on the most recent research, practice and court experience.  The course will explore the many complex issues involved in the sexual exploitation of children and young people abused in groups and gangs, and by lone sexual abusers.  It will challenge some commonly held beliefs and assumptions that have led to many adults in positions of responsibility not believing children when they try and tell someone what they have endured, and identify opportunities for intervention by understanding the behaviour of the sexual abuser and the impact issues for the young person.

1 day


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