commercial sexual exploitation – identification tool (cse-it)

To view our report on The Validation of the CSE-IT, click this linkFor the CSE-IT Implementation Guide, to help agencies establish universal screening protocols to improve early identification, click here.

Trafficked youth are typically not identified until years after their exploitation has begun. In order to protect youth from prolonged abuse and violence and get them help, exploitation must be recognized as early as possible. To make this possible, service providers and other professionals who work with youth need a validated screening tool to aid in accurately detecting exploitation.

the cse-it is an evidence based tool

In 2014, WestCoast Children’s Clinic developed the Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool (CSE-IT) with the input of over 100 survivors and service providers. In 2016, we validated the CSE-IT with data from a 15-month pilot to ensure that it accurately identifies youth who have clear indicators of exploitation. Since 2015 we have worked collaboratively with 77 agencies in 3 states to use the CSE-IT. As of June 2017, WestCoast has trained 4,000 service providers to recognize the signs of exploitation. These providers screened 12,500 youth and identified 1,500 youth with clear indicators of exploitation.

For more information about the WestCoast Children’s Clinic Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool, please download this informational overview, contact screening@westcoastcc.org, or submit a question here.

For informational purposes, you may download the CSE-IT here. The CSE-IT is an open domain tool for use in service delivery systems that serve children and youth. The copyright is held by WestCoast Children’s Clinic. Please do not use the CSE-IT without permission. Contact screening@westcoastcc.org to request an informational call to discuss how to begin using the CSE-IT in your work.