What is CSE?
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) 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.
Website: Safe and Sound - What is CSE (opens in a new window) can provide more information on CSE.
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.
Website: Barnardo’s (opens in a new window)
Website: PACE - Information for parents (opens in a new window) or call their helpline 0113 2405226
Worcestershire County Council: Get Safe - keeping children and young people safe from criminal exploitation
Worcestershire County Council: Health and wellbeing
Worcestershire County Council: Safeguarding and Quality Assurance