We cannot solve a problem that we cannot see, and unfortunately, commercial sexual exploitation of children often goes unrecognized. CASA programs in Texas have a new opportunity to use a free screening tool to identify victims of child sexual exploitation, called the CSE-IT (Child Sexual Exploitation Identification Tool). This screening tool is being utilized by youth-serving organizations and governmental entities across the state to assess youth at risk for child sexual exploitation. The tool is evidence based and free to use. The Child Sex Trafficking Team at The Office of the Governor is working to see it implemented throughout Texas.
The Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team is inviting CASA program staff to a free, three-hour virtual training on how to use the CSE-IT tool.
- This training is required in order to use the tool, and is one of the steps in the process of being authorized as a tool user. Each user of the tool must go through the virtual training.
- Both the training and tool are intended for CASA program staff only (not volunteers) – program staff would complete the CSE-IT tool with the volunteer for the young person they are concerned about.
Training Schedule & Registration
Please sign up for only one offering, and be aware that you must use your agency email.
More About the CSE-IT Tool
The CSE-IT tool is built on the premise of universal screening and is recommended for use with all youth served ages 10 and older. It is designed to be a quick (5-7 minute) information integration tool, not a structured interview. Credible information from intake processes, case files, colleagues, Child Protective Services, juvenile probation or caregivers may be used to complete a CSE-IT and score eight key indicators. The tool is a way to organize all the information gathered to assess for likelihood and risk of sexual exploitation. It can be integrated into an agency’s existing systems and processes.
Since Texas’ adoption of the tool, over 23,000 youth have been screened by service providers, state agencies, juvenile departments, children’s advocacy centers and others. Over 2,500 of those screened have shown a Clear Concern for indications of exploitation.