The Safeguarding Partnership Board (SPB) is launching a strategy to identify and prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation, and to help its victims.
The impact of child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation (CSAE) on children and young people is significant. It causes great distress, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes. It can compromise the emotional health and wellbeing of young people, which then impacts on their success in adulthood.
The Safeguarding Partnership Board Multi-Agency Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Strategy calls for all agencies to work together with the young person and their family in a coherent and consistent way to tackle CSAE. It has been developed with all the relevant agencies working together to ensure the best outcomes for people affected.
The pan-island Independent Chair for the Safeguarding Partnerships, Sarah Elliott, said: “We’ve listened to what children and young people have said to us about what they need to help them speak up and get help with the serious issue of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
“Our new strategy builds on previous developments such as Dewberry House Sexual Assault Referral Centre and the introduction of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors to ensure we make Jersey the safest place possible to grow up and thrive – free from the devastating impact of child sexual abuse and exploitation.”
Robert Sainsbury, Interim Director General of Children, Young People, Education and Skills, said: “The impact of CSAE on children, young people, their families and their carers is deep and long-lasting. This strategy brings together colleagues from within and outside Government to prevent CSAE from happening, and to support children and young people who have experienced CSAE to heal, seek justice, and move forward.”
The strategy aims to ensure that all agencies can respond to CSAE at the earliest opportunity, offer child-friendly justice, provide appropriate and timely recovery services, and evaluate practice and the effectiveness of interventions by measuring outcomes.
It aims to reduce the long-term impact of CSAE on children, young people and families living in Jersey. The fundamental vision is for all children and young people in Jersey to be free from abuse and exploitation.
You can view the Strategy on our Policies and Strategies page where you will also find an Easy Read version.