Raising awareness of CSE: our early intervention Programme

Spectrum’s Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) team are finalists in the 2020 Patient Safety Awards, which will take place in November.

The team were shortlisted in the “Education and Training” category for their new CSE Respect Programme, which offers 1:1 and group support for vulnerable young people who have risk factors for child sexual exploitation (CSE) and may benefit from additional learning around relationships and sexual health.

The CSE RESPECT Programme

The CSE Programme began in Wakefield and Barnsley Sexual Health services and is delivered across schools in the area, as well as being open to young people in the community aged 11- 18. Over six weeks, lessons led by our RSE facilitators help young people respond to risk safely and increase their awareness of:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation – including through discussions about CSE, grooming and where to get help
  • Online dangers – including how to recognise predatory behaviour and grooming, resist pressure to ‘sext’, etc
  • Peer pressure – particularly that which could lead them to risky activities (such as misusing substances or having unprotected sex)
  • Understanding healthy and unhealthy behaviour in relationships, including coercive control

The project is an ‘early intervention’ programme which supports young people at the first stage of safeguarding risk – when agencies have begun to notice changes in their behaviour but before they become eligible for statutory support. It has supported hundreds of young people in Wakefield and Barnsley over the past 12 months. To find out more about Spectrum’s RSE provision for schools, visit our webpage.