SEFTON SCP Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    16.4 Preventing Sexual Exploitation

    Last updated 12/11/2018

    Preventing Sexual Exploitation

    Chapter 5 of the Government Guidance looks at measures that may assist a local prevention strategy.

    Prevention includes:

    • Reducing children’s vulnerability;
    • Improving their resilience;
    • Disrupting and preventing the activities of perpetrators;
    • Reducing tolerance of exploitative behaviour;
    • Prosecuting abusers.

    Prevention actions includes delivering education and raising awareness programmes for children and young people so that they can make safe and healthy choices about relationships and sexual health as well as for parents and carers (particularly those responsible for children living away from home) and people whose work places them in a position where they would notice and could report worrying behaviours (e.g. shopkeepers, taxi drivers, park attendants and hostel managers) who are not traditionally regarded as part of the safeguarding community.

    In Merseyside the ‘Listen To My Story’ campaign includes the story of 4 young people who have been sexually exploited.

    The Campaign also provides information about grooming and a parents experience of CSE provided by PACE (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation.