Definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. It is when a child or young person is being exploited and given things like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchnage for performing sexual activities.


Children are often tricked into believing they are in a loving consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not undestand they are being abused.



How can we safeguard you?

We want to make sure that everyone is safe from child sexual exploitation, and understand how to identify signs of this taking place so we can prevent this from happening.


Signs of CSE:

Victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited. However, there are a number of signs that someone is being groomed for sexual exploitation. These 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
being vulnerable to flattery
having older boyfriends or girlfriends
changes in behaviour, being secretive or aggressive
mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
drug and alcohol misuse
displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour.


What do I do if I have any concerns?

If you are concerned about anyone presenting any of the above signs, please speak to a trusted adult at school or report your concerns in the SHARPS system.


You can also contact the following organisations:

 Childline –  0800 1111

NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000


 If there is a serious threat to the wellbeing of anyone, please call the police on 999




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