Child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation

Information about child sexual exploitation which is a form of child sexual abuse.

What can you do if you are worried about a child?

If you have an urgent concern call the police: 999

Crimestoppers can be called on: 0800 555111

ChildLine can be called on: 0800 1111 or Childline Website

What is child sexual exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse where an individual or a group of people takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child (anyone under the age of 18) into sexual activity for which the child receives something they want or need in exchange.

This could be food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, money, gifts or affection. This could also be for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator. A victim may initially think the relationship is consensual. Child sexual exploitation can occur online, as well as in person, and does not always include physical contact.

Safe and Sound - What is CSE can provide more information on Child sexual exploitation.

Spotting the signs of CSE

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.

Links to services that can support you and your family

The following websites can offer further advice and guidance about what CSE is, how to report it as well as advice and support for families who have experienced CSE.

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