This introductory class is designed to help probation officers and group home placement staff better understand the topic of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Foster youth are at a higher risk of exploitation and this class will help staff understand issues related to CSEC, risk factors, signs of exploitation and how to support youth who have been CSEC victims.
Participants will be able to:
- Define commercially sexually exploited children
- Identify basic legal issues related to CSEC:
- basic elements of human trafficking laws
- elements of the commercial sexual exploitation of children
- how human tracking laws relate to exploited children
- mandatory reporting
- the intersection of CSEC, DMST and the juvenile justice and child welfare systems
- Interpret acronyms of commonly used terms and agencies/initiatives involved in combating human trafficking
- Identify common physical and behavioral indicators of commercial sexual exploitation as well as risk and warning signs
- Describe how societal factors contribute to demand for commercial sexual exploitation of children and youth
- CWS/CMS documentation and requirements
This course will provide a framework for understanding the issues around CSEC as well as how to identify, address treatment and serve the needs for youth and develop a response to it within your community and agency.