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Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

Useful Documents

LSCB Business Plan Priority 1 – CSE Strategy [PDF 567 Kb] – provides information about CSE, roles and responsibilities of relevant agencies and procedures practitioners should follow

Warning Signs and Vulnerabilities Checklist [PDF 45Kb] – lists typical vulnerabilities in children who are at high risk of sexual exploitation

Department for Education CSE Definition and Guide [PDF 285kb] – definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation

Useful Links

  • NSPCC – preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Useful information for parents on CSE
  • Yorkshire MESMAC is part of a group of services. This includes the BLAST! project that works with young men and boys involved in or at risk of becoming involved in sexual exploitation

Hampshire Constabulary has launched a campaign to help people identify the signs of child sexual exploitation. This includes a blog written by 15-year-old ‘Alice’, her friends, family and teachers about how CSE happened to her.

Source: Hampshire Constabulary 25 May 2016
Further information:   Alice’s diary