This introductory, one-day class is designed to help provide training to probation officers and group home placement staff around the topic of commercially sexually exploited 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 the following:
- basic elements of human trafficking laws
- basic legal issues related to CSEC
- 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
- Identify tools that can be utilized in the identification and assessment of victims of trafficking.
This course will provide a framework for understanding the issues around CSEC as well as how to identify, address treatment and service needs for youth, and develop a response to it within your community and agency.
Note: Per P.L. 113-183, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, requires probation placement officers to participate in CSEC 101: Identification and Awareness training as well as CSEC 102: Skills Training as of September 29, 2016. CSEC 102 cannot be taken without the prerequisite of CSEC 101. This course meets the requirements of taking CSEC 101.
Probation intake and booking officers are strongly encouraged to attend CSEC 101 so that they can identify these vulnerable children and ensure that they receive the services that they need.