What Is CSE?

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - definition

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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’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet / mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain. In all cases those exploiting the child / young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and / or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and / or emotional vulnerability

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A definition for young people - sexual exploitation is:

Some one taking advantage of you sexually, for their own benefit. Through threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or by telling you that they love you, they will have the power to get you to do sexual things for their own, or other people’s benefit or enjoyment (including: touching or kissing private parts, sex, taking sexual photos)

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Grooming and sexual exploitation can happen to any young person. Sometimes relationships aren't what they seem. Can you see the signs that something isn't right in this relationship? Would you know what to do if this were happening to you, or your friend?

Do you think that you or someone you know are being sexually exploited?
This film from CEOP tells the story of three young girls in very different situations. It may feel familiar.

Watch this video with Shona McGarty from BBC soap Eastenders explaining how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.
This film was created by the NPIA to help policemen recognise the early signs of child abuse within gangs. However, its message is applicable to everyone.