Child Criminal Exploitation

PEACE Project

The PEACE (Protecting and Empowering, Against Child Exploitation) Project aims to address issues of both child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation across the borough by utilising a mixture of assertive outreach work, systemic family therapeutic intervention and a contextual safeguarding approach to safeguard young people from exploitation outside of the family home.

This exciting project will work in collaboration with local partners and specialist organisations to create better outcomes for Hounslow’s children by delivering direct work with young people, parents and the wider family.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. Children in exploitative situations and relationships receive something such as gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed and exploited online.

Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

Email the project: Peace@hounslow.gov.uk

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.  (Department for Education February 2017)

A common feature of CSE is that the child or young person does not recognise the coercive nature of the relationship and does not see himself or herself as a victim of exploitation.  Perpetrators of CSE can be from within or from outside a child or young person’s family.

CSE also needs to be placed firmly in the context of abusive relationships and specifically; the impact that domestic violence can have on how a child or young person views relationships. For a child or young person growing up in such an environment, the impact of their experiences can create limited and limiting expectations with regards to what constitutes a healthy relationship; thus increasing their susceptibility to exploitation in the future.

Other Resources

There are many other organisations that could also help, and a lot of information online. The following websites have information about issues relating to CSE, including information about handling relationships online and relationship abuse.

If you feel that a child is at immediate risk of harm call the Police on 999.

Or contact your local Police on 101 at any time.

Call: Hounslow Front Door on 020 8583 6600 (option 2)
Email: earlyhelp@hounslow.gov.uk or childrensocialcare@hounslow.gov.uk
Out of hours: After 5pm – 9am weekdays or weekends phone 020 8583 2222 and ask to speak to the duty social worker