Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse. When a child is exploited they're given things in exchange for performing sexual activities. Children and young people are often deceived into believing they're in a loving and consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they're being abused. Anybody can be a perpetrator of CSE, no matter their age, gender or race. The relationship could be framed as friendship, someone to look up to or romantic (NSPCC).
Wings School Notts has vast experience of supporting children and young people who have encountered and/or at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Wings School Notts benefits from its rural location, effective supervision and staff members onsite who are therapeutically trained in working with children who have been subjected to a degree of trauma and have attachment related needs. Wings School Notts are able to offer a safe and secure placement in which clinically informed key-work is completed with children around understanding what exploitation is and how to recognise the signs of this, both online and in the real world. The work is delivered sensitively but is also realistic. The safe environment and proactive key-working approach can help keep the children safe not only during their placement at Wings School Notts but also in the future within less supervised environments.
“Claire* joined Wings Notts in 2019 and had been exploited online and within the community in her home area. Claire struggled with understanding the risks online and risks posed by adults in the local community. Claire had daily missing episodes and during these would be offered cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. It is also worth noting Claire was missing a vast amount of education from not attending school during this time.
At Wings, Claire has had a structured plan put in place with regards to the use of her electronic devices and has formed positive relationships with staff members which has been the basis for excellent development across all areas. Claire has thrived from the safe, nurturing environment and is working with the team to keep herself safe online and has not been missing on any occasion during her placement. This fantastic progress has meant Claire is looking to move back closer to her home area with a foster family.”
Wings School Notts has received four 'Outstanding' Ofsted Social Care gradings in a row, with Ofsted saying:
Children are significantly safer as a result of living in this home. Risks are very well managed using research-informed practice to develop comprehensive risk assessments and behaviour management plans. Children are fully involved in this process so that they can suggest the best ways that staff can support them. - Ofsted 2019