Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual, emotional and physical abuse of children (age under 18). Sexual abuse may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing and touching outside clothing. It may include non-contact activities, such as involving children in the production of sexual images, forcing children to look at sexual images or watch sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).
It can be difficult to recognise the warning signs of CSE as they are similar to the challenges that all parents of teenage or near-teenage children face.
It's important that you know how to spot the signs of CSE, whether you are a parent, young person or a member of the public.
There are lots of useful websites below for parents, carers and the general public. These include more information about what CSE is, how to spot the signs, how to report it as well as advice and support for families who have experienced CSE.
More information about CSE
Spotting the signs of CSE
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