Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse in which a child or young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act. It usually involves exploitative situations and relationships where they may receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing sexual activities. It can take place through the use of technology without the child/young person's immediate recognition; e.g. being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. 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.