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
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.
- NHS Choices - How to Spot Child Sexual Exploitation
- Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
- Parents Protect
- Safe and Sound
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.
- The Branch Project
- The Children's Society
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- NWG Network Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
- PACE - Information for parents
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Get Safe - keeping children and young people safe from criminal exploitation
- Safeguarding and Quality Assurance