Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse. It occurs when an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. Often, victims are not aware they are being exploited and so cannot protect themselves.
Young people with the following characteristics are likely to be at high risk of sexual exploitation:
Remember Safeguarding Children is everyone's responsibility! If you suspect that a child is at risk or experiencing child sexual exploitation call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency or The Referral and Assessment Centre on 024 7678 8555 or out of hours 024 7683 2222.