Child sexual exploitation (CSE)
For the purpose of this policy, ‘child sexual exploitation’ is defined as: a form of sexual abuse where children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
CSE can take many forms but the perpetrator will always hold some kind of power over the victim. It is important to note that some young people who are being sexually abused to not exhibit any external signs of abuse.
Farnham Primary School has adopted the following procedure for handling cases of CSE, as outlined by the DfE:
5.1 Identifying cases
School staff members are aware of and look for the key indicators of CSE; these are as follows:
- Going missing for periods of time or regularly going home late
- Regularly missing lessons
- Appearing with unexplained gifts and new possessions
- Associating with other young people involved in exploitation
- Having older boyfriends or girlfriends
- Undergoing mood swings or drastic changes in emotional well-being
- Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour
- Suffering from sexually transmitted infections or becoming pregnant
- Displaying changes in emotional well-being
5.2 Referring cases
Where CSE, or the risk of it, is suspected, staff will discuss the case with the dedicated member of staff for child protection. If after discussion a concern still remains, local safeguarding procedures will be triggered, including referral to the LA.
The LA and all other necessary authorities will then handle the matter to conclusion. The school will co-operate as needed.