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Definition of 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.
SET CSE STRATEGY
Thurrock LSCP has joined with its Southend and Essex Board partners to develop an Essex wide CSE strategy that supports children from across the County.
The strategy outlines the overarching approach to tackling child sexual exploitation across SET, and provides a coherent Essex-wide response which is both needs-led and outcomes-focused.