Basis Historic CSE Support started as 1 year pilot project that was funded by the Sexual Abuse Fund administered by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner to work with and support any woman (18 years or older) living in Leeds who has experienced Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) as a child or young person. Based on the final Evaluation Report of the Historic CSE pilot, we were fortunate to receive continuation of funding for this post after the pilot ended in July.
We are part of the Basis Yorkshire organisation who, through their Young People’s Project, have over 16 years of experience of working with young people at risk of or experiencing CSE and also have substantial experience of working with vulnerable women.
Our vision is to empower women who access the service to have their voices heard and enable them to access a range of support based on individual needs and wishes
We will do this by offering:
- Emotional support
- Referral and advocacy to access a range of services based on service user need and wishes
- Fast track referrals to a confidential women’s counselling service
- Information about options for reporting to the police and provide support to report, if you chose to do so
- A safe space and opportunities for women to tell their stories
- Advocating for women who want to review previous responses to their exploitation
- Working with women to produce resources to support adult survivors and young people at risk of, or experiencing CSE
- The project is being lead by our Historic CSE Support & Advocacy Worker Jo Hall
Diverse Experiences of Service Users
We recognise that women who access our Historic CSE service are a very diverse group with different experiences of exploitation, different experiences of the impact of exploitation and varying ways of dealing with their past.
We are therefore committed to supporting service users as individual’s based on their specific needs and wishes.
We have a fast track system for women to access counselling from Women’s Counselling & Therapy Service and can support you to access the service.
Professor Maggie O’Neill (School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University) is carrying out an independent evaluation of the initiative.
She will produce an evaluation report with input from users of the service about what has worked well and what didn’t. This will inform future support and multi agency work for historic victims of CSE in Leeds and more widely across West Yorkshire.
The Leeds CSE Legacy team are based at Elland Road Police station and can be contacted through Leeds District Safeguarding, on 0113 385 9576 or Leeds.Safeguarding@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.
The team consists of a number of Investigative Officers, supervised by a Detective Sgt, with the remit of investigating allegations of historic Child Sexual Exploitation.
How to Get Support or Get Involved
If you want to receive support you can refer yourself to the service by calling or texting us on 0113 2430036 / 07495516961 or sending Jo an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to get involved in other ways (share your story to be used in a resource to help other survivors and young people currently being exploited or in any other ways) please get in touch.
This is a pilot project and we really want to hear from women and hear your experiences and/or views on what support should be provided – with our without your contact details.
What is grooming and CSE?
There are many different models of grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE).
At Basis we define grooming and CSE as:
“Grooming is the process that coerces the young person into providing sexual favours. Sexual Exploitation is the systematic abuse of children and young people”.
Young People who were supported by The National Working Group (NWG) created this definition:
“Someone taking advantage of you sexually, for their own benefit. Through threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or by telling you that they love you, they will have the power to get you to do sexual things for their own, or other people’s benefit or enjoyment (including: touching or kissing private parts, sex, taking sexual photos).”
The Department of Education uses the following definition (Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation (2015):
“The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involved exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) 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.
CSE 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 without 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 resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.”
More information about the services Basis provides to young people can be found on our Young People’s page.