Child Sexual Exploitation does happen in Cornwall

This blog post on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is not going to be an easy read for some. I make no apology for this, as Child Sexual Exploitation is a distressing subject and it is natural that few wish to talk about it. Some believe that CSE does not happen in their area. The truth is it does happen.

Before I go on, you might want to refresh yourself on what is CSE by reading this previous post HERE.

We all must do everything within our powers to prevent this abhorrent crime. Doing nothing to tackle CSE is to fail our young people, as was shown in the Rotherham Report. If we really want to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation we all need to be honest that is does happen and only after we acknowledge this, then we can tackle this crime.

It is also wrong to say CSE is committed by males on females. It is also females on males and same sex incidents. Though the media often narrows this down on male on female.

The only way that CSE can be prevented and tackled effectively is through local agencies, particularly the Police and Children’s Social Care and Health agencies working together. The CSE Forums bring together professionals to discuss suspicion, allegation and evidence of concern that children are at risk of or have experienced sexual exploitation.

The multi-agency Local Safeguarding Children Board has responsibility for overseeing agencies and checking that everything that can be done is being done to keep children as safe as we can. They hold us all to account.

Post the Rotherham Inquiry, there has been a lot of interest in CSE. So much so, Cornwall Council is receiving FOI’s on the subject. A recent one released asked the number of CSE issues in Cornwall for 2014 and the types of CSE. This is in effect now a public document and I feel it is right to share this.

A question asked in a recent FOI is:

What is the total number of children who were referred this year (2014), or became known, to the council amid concerns that they are, or at some stage have been, at risk of sexual exploitation.

The answer is:

31 requests to consider concerns about possible sexual exploitation at the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Forums have been dealt with since 1 January 2014.

For the purposes of understanding the categories of concern discussed at the multi-agency Forums in 2014 theymay be described as follows:

  1. Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns
  2. Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for ‘gifts’ including alcohol/drugs

  3. Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

  4. Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming

  5. Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from 1, 2, 3 or 4.

And here are the Summary of Concerns in 2014:

Female 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Female 14 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 15 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Female 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Female 13 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Female 14 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming

Female 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Male 17 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Female 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming

Female 14 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 16 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Male 17 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Female 19 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Male 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Male 16 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Female 16 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs

Female 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Male 17- Suspicion, allegation or evidence of online/face to face grooming

Female 16 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming

Male 16 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 17 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 15 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of sexual activity/assault arising from 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Male 16 -Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 15 -Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 14 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs

Female 16 – Missing and/or suspicion of association with other young persons/adults where there are concerns

Female 14 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs

Male 15 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs

Female 17 – Suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs

Male 17 – Suspicion, allegation or evidence of a young person meeting a person believed to be grooming plus suspicion or allegation of coercion/sexual favours within a relationship in return for gifts, including alcohol/drugs.

Finally, If you have concerns that a child you know may be at risk of CSE please contact the MARU without delay:

Main public number – 0300 1231 116

Secure email address is: MultiAgencyReferralUnit@cornwall.gcsx.gov.uk

Intake (non-secure) email address is: cscintake@cornwall.gov.uk

Let’s do all we can to protect our children.

One comment

  • Gill Martin

    I think one problem sometimes maybe is, by the time there is any real proof it is often too late. Take a scenario, the middle aged married man arrives at a public venue, arm in arm with a 13,14,15, possibly 16 year old girl, not his daughter but the daughter of a friend of his (who is dressed to kill) when someone looks at him he quickly drops her arm. Most likely completely innocent, but then why did he drop her arm quickly after being observed? One cannot go around raising suspicions or accusing people without any substantial evidence.

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