What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Current statutory guidance defines child sexual exploitation (CSE) as:

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where 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.

If you are concerned that a child/young person is being or is at risk of CSE please contact

Police 101

Social Care 01332 641172

You can also self refer for support by contacting

Safe and Sound:

Safe and Sound works to tackle child sexual exploitation and abuse by providing uniquely tailored specialist support to victims and young people at risk to help them move forwards with their lives.


It is always best to speak to someone if you have concerns but please see below some support documentation that may help.