Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a growing issue affecting thousands of children and young people under 18 in England every year. CSE has a devastating impact on children, young people and their families and it should be a concern for everyone. It is largely a hidden crime, and raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing it and stopping it early when it does happen.
The project aims are:
- To raise young people’s awareness of child exploitation; giving them the support they need to make informed, safe choices and to have appropriate, healthy and safe relationships.
- To invest time to build relationships with young people, give support for as long as it’s needed and use innovative tools and activities to help young people explore their relationships.
- To support young people to engage in a group work programme that enables young people to establish support from peers and access local services.
The programme is aimed at young people aged 13 to 17 (up to 24 for young people with learning difficulties (LD), and for young people leaving care, up to the age of 21. Young people should be identified as potentially at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation, and / or showing signs of the indicators of vulnerability to CSE.
Do you know a young person who could benefit from our support? Have they previously gone ‘missing’, been involved in risky behaviours including substance use or unsafe sex, have low self-esteem or involvement in inappropriate relationships? You can refer them to this programme.
If you are a parent, carer or professional, referring a young person to us is really simple. Get in touch using the phone number or email on the Healthy Relationships Leaflet attached under team contacts to give us a few basic details about the young person. Our local team will arrange to speak with the young person and find out more about how we can help them and what’s locally available to them.
Delivery of the programme will be through our local district teams. Programmes will run termly in every area. Sessions will be closed and will run on a weekly basis consecutively for a minimum of seven weeks. The programme can be tailored for both male and female groups, and groups can be single sex or mixed gender.
View or download the Healthy Relationships Programme leaflet.
Hertfordshire County Council has launched a new website to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Hertfordshire. You can view it here: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/cse.