Welcome To The Sexual Exploitation Service

Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service is a multi-agency team based at Star House. The team includes Sheffield Futures, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police and Barnardos staff. The service is based on four principles:

  • Prevention
  • Protection
  • Pursuit
  • Prosecution

The needs and wishes of young people are at the centre of the work the service delivers.

Sexual Exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition: for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet/ mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain.

In all cases, those exploiting the child/ young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice.

Concerned about a child or young person? Contact the Sexual Exploitation Service on 0114 2018645

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