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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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.

Website: NHS Choices - How to Spot Child Sexual Exploitation (opens in a new window)

Website: Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) (opens in a new window)

Website: Parents Protect (opens in a new window)

Website: Safe and Sound (opens in a new window)

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: The Branch Project (opens in a new window)

Website: The Children's Society (opens in a new window)

Website: MOSAC (Mother's of Sexually Abused Children) (opens in a new window)

Website: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (opens in a new window)

Website NWG Network Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (opens in a new window)

Website: PACE - Information for parents (opens in a new window) or call their helpline 0113 2405226

Website: Royal College of Psychiatrists (opens in a new window)

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