Our ROSE project stands for Reaching Out on Sexual Exploitation, supporting young people throughout Norfolk, who have been affected by child sexual exploitation.
Since 2007, our dedicated team - consisting of CSE & Therapeutic Practitioners, & Outreach Worker - continues to provide a range of specialist services to young people who are affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Norfolk.
"Exploitation - is it happening to me?"
The Rose Project’s CSE booklet – “Exploitation – is it happening to me?” – is available FREE to download, or as a booklet, purchased from us, priced at £1 per copy. Please contact the office – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01603 610256 – to order.
What is CSE?
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity (NWG, 2021)
CSE is often hard to spot as the person causing harm (perpetrator) will often appear as a friend or boyfriend/girlfriend, especially to start with.
They may be an adult or another young person, and CSE can happen to any child or young person regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl or from any background.
The perpetrator often identifies a need of the child or young person and meets this need, this could be affection, needing someone to talk to or understand them. However they begin to manipulate, persuade or encourage the young person into doing sexual stuff, this could be online by sending sexual images of themselves or doing sexual things over webcam.
Children and young people may think they are choosing to do these things, especially if they think they are in a loving relationship but wherever there is manipulation or coercion it is sexual exploitation. Children and young people may be threatened with violence or be given drugs and alcohol and become dependant on the perpetrator to supply these so that they do not tell anyone.
Often children and young people become isolated and withdrawn from family, friends, school and other support.
Young people are often blamed for making ‘risky choices’ or not removing themselves from the abusive situation however it is never the fault of the young person, rather the perpetrator.
What we Offer
- Intensive 1:1 support to children and young people who have been harmed by child sexual exploitation
- Early intervention and awareness raising services including drop ins and group work around raising awareness about issues that affect and harm young people. This can include understanding exploitation, healthy relationships, consent, sexual health and more.
“This has really helped me to understand what’s good and bad in a relationship and that I am equal to my partner. It has also given me a chance and space to talk openly without feeling judged.”
In 2020 : 97 children and young people received 487 support sessions
The Rose Project is passionate about informing people about recognising Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to ensure that young people are protected and harm is spotted and reported. Young people should never be blamed for the abuse and harm they suffer. It is never their fault. We want to raise awareness and challenge victim-blaming language and attitudes in society.