Base 25 - Supporting Young People in Shaping their lives


Young People and CSE

 

Empower has a strong local knowledge of working with young people in the Wolverhampton area that are impacted by CSE.  The following definition underpins the projects understanding:  '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 as a result of them performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation (CSE) can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition. 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 or emotional vulnerability.' This definition was created by the UK National working group for sexually exploited children and young people (NWG).  With 5 years 'experience, Empower has identified common themes that can lead a young person to being exploited, these include domestic abuse in the home, history of family mental health, historic sexual abuse, substance misuse in the home and low self-esteem. These vulnerabilities can lead a young person to feel a lack of belonging and desperately wanting to be loved and accepted by someone. Perpetrators use these vulnerabilities to their own gain by offering superficial love, alcohol, substances or security in order to manipulate young people’s ‘needs and wants’ to coerce them into sexual activity. Young people do not always recognise that they have been or are being exploited and sometimes feel blamed for the abuse they have been subjected to. This can lead to a range of risk factors that can include: going missing from home or care, change or increase in use of substances, poor attendance or no attendance at school, change in appearance, getting into unknown cars, multiple mobile phones, use of internet that raises concerns and disclosure of sexual assault and withdrawal. 

Overall aim

Reduce the number of young people in Wolverhampton aged 11 – 16 that are being/or are at risk of being sexually exploited
 
 
Specific aims

  • To improve the early identification of young people at risk

  • To increase self-esteem
  • To increase confidence
  • To improve young people’s ability to make informed decisions
  • To increase knowledge on topics of relevance 
Areas of Activity


  • To contribute to regular network meetings with partnership organisations working around the CSE agenda 
  • Offer individual programmes of support 
  • Offer group work programmes 
  • Involve young people in setting their own goals    
  • Provide opportunities for young people to reflect on their decision-making    
  • Provide opportunities for young people to develop strategies to manage risky behaviours 
  • To contribute to the training and development of CSE in Wolverhampton 
  • Provide forum for young people around the CSE agenda 
 
Empower Leaflet 1.pdf

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