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CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue for communities across the UK. Hidden from view and going unnoticed. Vulnerable young people are groomed and then abused, leaving them traumatised and in need of support to help them recover.

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.
This can be a broad range of exploitative activity, from seemingly ‘consensual’ relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes, through to very serious organised crime.

It is a form of sexual abuse and is against the law.

It is not always easy to know if you are being sexually exploited, especially if it is a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend that is exploiting you.

Perpetrators are being more sophisticated, using the internet and mobile devices to target young people and to share images and information about them.  

Are you being sexually exploited? - spot the signs

If someone has

  • Threatened to end your relationship if you don't have sex
  • Asked or made you have sex with other people
  • Expected sex in return for food or a place to stay
  • Shared drugs or alcohol with you in return for sexual acts
  • Threatened to stop being friends if you don't perform sexual 'dares'
  • Given you gifts or money in return for sexual acts
  • Asked you to take sexual photos of yourself or share them online or by text
  • Threaten to humiliate or share sexual images of you if you don't carry out more sexual acts

If any of these scenarios sound familiar then you may have been sexually exploited, even if the person who did it was a friend or boyfriend. If you are under 18, this behaviour towards you is against the law. No one is allowed to do these things and you should get help and report it.

How many young people are affected?

All young people can be vulnerable to grooming and be at risk of being sexually exploited

Young people who run away from home or care are more vulnerable

Children as young as 11 have been targeted by perpetrators

Find out more

Do you really know who you're talking to online? Some people who contact you genuinely just want to chat or be friends. The problem is some people, men and women, use the internet to look for sex and target young people. They want to trick, pressure or force young people into sex. They are very happy to lie about who they are and what they want to get it.

Has someone made you feel weird or uncomfortable online? Visit the CEOP Website for advice and help.

Keeping you safe, keeping the internet fun. Check out the Think U Know website to find out more.

This website contans information for parents, carers, young people and professionals about Child Sexual Exploitation: www.itsnotokay.co.uk/

The Blast Project - leading male only CSE awareness website. Watch their Youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-ew444zGeA

You can find learning from recent CSE Serious Case Reviews here: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/search/?query=cse+case+reviews