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Child Sexual Exploitation
The definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is “The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (for example, food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and or others performing on them, sexual activities.
Children and young people who are victims of this form of sexual abuse often do not recognise they are being exploited. However, there are a number of signs that could indicate a child is being groomed for sexual exploitation and, as a parent or carer; you have an important role in recognising them and protecting children.
These signs include:
- Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
- Regularly missing school or not taking part in education
- Appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
- Associating with other young people involved in exploitation
- Having older boyfriends and girlfriends
- Suffering from sexually transmitted infections
- Mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour
What can I do as a parent or carer?
Discussing the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships with children and young people is really important in helping highlight potential risks to them.
Help and Support
Early Help and Advice Hub and Initial Response Team – 0345 603 7627 Out of Hours 0345 606 1212
If you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk you should call 999