CASEE - Introducing a new assessment tool for supporting victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

Ireland, Carol Ann orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7310-2903 and Ireland, Jane Louise orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5117-5930 (2024) CASEE - Introducing a new assessment tool for supporting victims of Child Sexual Exploitation. Abuse: An International Impact Journal, 5 (1). pp. 15-25. ISSN ISSN 2633-8742

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This narrative review of theory introduces the basis for a new assessment tool; the CASEE (Child Adolescent Sexual Exploitation Evaluation, Ireland, Lewis & Ireland, 2023), which is then illustrated using a case study approach. The CASEE considers the vulnerability and protective factors for children and young people where concerns of child sexual exploitation (CSE) have been raised. Such concerns can include known exposure to CSE, suspected or a potential risk of exposure. The CASEE considers various vulnerability and protective factor items, developed from research involving the CASEE authors, and in response to additional research in the field. A child/young person is rated for the presenting evidence of several vulnerability factors that could present as a heightened risk of exposure to CSE, alongside protective factors that can buffer against these concerns. A key component of the CASEE is completion of an individualised formulation of understanding as to what can exacerbate vulnerabilities, alongside consideration of risk scenarios for how vulnerability can present. The aim is to understand vulnerabilities around the time of CSE concerns, and how protective factors can be maximised to safeguard the child/young person. The plans for validation of the CASEE are outlined.

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