Identify and describe any indicators of suspected sexual exploitation recording any information you have about the child or young person and their associates or persons of concern.
Besides identifying indicators of exploitation it is crucial to make notes about them too.
The statutory responsibilities for safeguarding this group are extended to older individuals receiving services on the basis of specific vulnerabilities.
Once you have raised these alerts complete the assessment instruments in this document and share these with the professionals involved in the case.
For this reason, the vulnerabilities check list only provides an indication of the sorts of things that can make a child or young person vulnerable.
If you believe there are other sources of vulnerability specific to the case make a note of these at the end of the intra-personal vulnerabilities checklist.
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 in exchange for (a) something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) 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.
Consequently, your use of the toolbox may not be identical to that of colleagues working in other agencies and authorities.