The Feel Happy Series: Fixing Child Sexual Exploitation (#CSE) by @FixersUK

Fixers needs YOU on Wednesday 26 April 2017 in London.

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Young people who have experienced child sexual exploitation – including abuse, coercion and grooming – are putting their heads together to make childhood safer and society more responsive for future generations.

 

 

With the support of Fixers – the campaign that gives young people a voice – and the health research charity, Wellcome Trust, more than a dozen young people with insight into one of the most pressing issues of today will come up with proposals that reflect the sharp edge of their experience.

 

They’ll be discussing, and then proposing action, in three main areas:

  • child sexual abuse [from family and trusted adults]; and
  • coercion into unwanted sexual behaviour, including sexting [especially in school];and
  • sexual grooming [especially online].

 

The young people will explain what went wrong for them, how responsible adults and their peers reacted, their treatment by professionals, and the effect on their mental and physical wellbeing. They will then define what they wanted from those around them, either to stop or prevent the abuse … or to respond in the best possible way when it happens.

 

Their efforts will culminate in a conference in central London, where an invited audience will hear from the young people in an open plenary and subject-specific sessions. The conference is open to health, education and social support professionals, as well as the police and other law enforcement agencies.

 

Fixers is calling for academics and researchers – in health, social policy, law and sociology – to participate in this conference by helping to lead discussion groups and workshops with survivors to assist them in turning their voices into policy proposals. Fixers would like to hear from anyone with an academic background in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and who would be interested in taking part in this excellent opportunity to generate primary research into a relevant and high profile issue. 

 

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Contributors are expected to include …

Siobhan Pyburn [25] – whose father was jailed for her childhood abuse in 2007 – and who, with the help of Fixers, has become a prominent and articulate campaigner for better reporting of and support for child sexual abuse victims, ‘Lisa’ [20] who was coerced and exploited by a group of Asian men in Manchester in the early 2010s, and ‘Rebecca’ [19] who was groomed online by an older man when she was 14.

 

‘Fixing Child Sexual Exploitation’ is part of the Feel Happy Fix Series which brings together young people who already campaign on issues that affect their well-being, to share their insight and the lessons they have learnt. Established in 2008, Fixers is a national charity and ‘movement’ that has already enabled around 20000 young people [16-25] to ‘use their past to fix the future’ by tackling issues that matter to them.

 

For further details or to RSVP, please contact Chris Podszus at: chrispodszus@fixers.org.uk

 

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Revised statutory definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Earlier this week the new government definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) was launched along with new “Working together” advice on CSE.

 

The revised definition is detailed below: 

 

Revised statutory definition of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

 

The new “Working together” advice on CSE and the new definition can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-sexual-exploitation-definition-and-guide-for-practitioners

 

A progress report detailing the government’s work in this area along with forward commitment can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tackling-child-sexual-exploitation-progress-report

 

Here is a link to the extended version of the document that Bedfordshire University wrote with Research in Practice which unpacks some of the issues in greater depth:

https://www.beds.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/536175/UOB-RIP-CSE-GuidanceFeb2017.pdf