Child sexual exploitation and missing from home
'The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people receive 'something' (eg food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.
Child sexual exploitation can occur through use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no 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'.
(The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, 2008)
The SSCP has adopted the Greater Manchester child sexual exploitation policy and has implemented a local supporting pathway.
The SSCP has developed a CSE operational handbook (Adobe PDF format, 412kb) to support practitioners, individuals and the community in effectively tackling CSE within Salford when considering and exploring Child Sexual Exploitation concerns and referrals.
The website It's not okay was launched on 19 September 2014 which aims to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. The website gives information about CSE, advice and support, contact information for specialist teams in Greater Manchester, information about how to report CSE and a suite of posters and leaflets to support the campaign.
Missing from home
Children and young people may be absent from where they should be for many reasons, not least wanting to spend more time with their friends. But if you as a parent or carer don't know where they are they could be at risk of harm and any prolonged or repeated absence can be caused for concern. In such circumstances parents and practitioners need to respond and act on concerns.
The Children's Society run a project in Manchester, Salford and Oldham and they have produced guidance for parents and carers which can be downloaded here:
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