What to do When you Suspect CSEC

What to do When you Suspect CSEC

  • Use your professional judgment and training to assess the presence of red flags.
  • Immediately file a 51A Report with DCF if you suspect a youth is CSEC-involved.  You should not fully investigate before doing so.
  • Any questioning of the youth should focus on building trust, be victim-centered, and be non-judgmental:
    • One person should conduct the questioning in a private setting
    • Ideally, this person should be trained in recognizing and responding to CSEC
    • The questioning should not be investigatory; rather, any questioning should be minimal and aimed at establishing whether there is reasonable suspicion to believe the youth is CSEC-involved
    • Never ask "why" questions
    • The youth should not be asked to make a written statement
  • Initial screening should be coordinated with the MDT and geared toward establishing rapport, safety, and meeting the youth's basic needs (food, shelter, medical care).
  • Efforts should be made in coordination with the MDT to obtain a recent photograph of the youth.