What is child sexual exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It is when someone uses children by giving them money, gifts, food, alcohol, accommodation, power and/or status in exchange for them engaging in sexual activities. 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. People who do this want young people to think they are a friend, or a boyfriend or girlfriend. It could even be someone they have spoken to online. They want to gain their trust to get power over them. They might also use bribes, threats, humiliation and even violence to get power over them. It happens to boys and girls and can be really hard to spot. The person will use clever ways to take advantage of the child and will ‘force’ them into having sex with them or somebody they know. The child may be asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable. It is not their fault. This is sexual exploitation and it is a crime.
CSE can also happen through the use of technology, for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet.
Information for parents and adults
If you feel that a child is at immediate risk of harm please call the Police on 999.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Police on 101 at any time.
If you don’t believe the risk requires immediate action, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8583 3456. Out of hours (after 5pm weekdays or weekends) call 020 8583 2222 and ask to speak to the duty social worker.
You do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially.
There are many other organisations that could also help, and a lot of information online. The following websites have information about issues relating to CSE, including information about handling relationships online and relationship abuse.