Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of child abuse. It happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something. The reward might be presents, money, alcohol, or simply just the promise of love and affection.
It might seem like a normal friendship or relationship at the beginning, but the young person might be persuaded to do sexual things they don't want to do in return for something.
The government definition is:
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.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and grooming are both terms that have been all over the news and media recently and as parents we can be left with lots of questions, concerns and even feelings of confusion about what they mean and how to protect our children.
If you are a parent or carer who wants to learn more about child sexual exploitation, how to spot the signs and how to get help if you're worried, then there's information to help you.
If you would like to speak to someone at school, please speak to:
Miss Newton-Smith - CSE Lead