Axe Valley Academy

Safeguarding

www.devonsafeguardingchildren.org

Our Academy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Jon Scott and the deputy is Ms Morgan (Inclusion Officer).

Our Child Protection Link Governor is Ms Louise Wain. If you are concerned about the wellbeing of any of our students please feel free to discuss the matter with us. Safeguarding our young people is very important to us and it is vital that we work together to protect them in every way possible.

Alternatively, a Multi-Agency Safeguarding hub (MASH) consultation service is available on Tel. 0345 155 1071. This line is manned by the Devon county council Children and Young People’s Services and can advise you about what to do next.

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

The sexual exploitation of children and young people (CSE) under-18 is defined as that which:

‘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.’ (DfE, 2012)

Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse which involves children (male and female, of different ethnic origins and of different ages) receiving something in exchange for sexual activity.

Who is at risk?

Child sexual exploitation can happen to any young person from any background. Although the research suggests that the females are more vulnerable to CSE, boys and young men are also victims of this type of abuse.

The characteristics common to all victims of CSE are not those of age, ethnicity or gender, rather their powerlessness and vulnerability. Victims often do not recognise that they are being exploited because they will have been groomed by their abuser(s). As a result, victims do not make informed choices to enter into, or remain involved in, sexually exploitative situations but do so from coercion, enticement, manipulation or fear. Sexual exploitation can happen face to face and it can happen online. It can also occur between young people.

In all its forms, CSE is child abuse and should be treated as a child protection issue.

If you have concerns that a child is at risk of or is suffering Child Sexual Exploitation you should contact:

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