Child Sexual Exploitation
What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation (or CSE) is a form of sexual abuse in which a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, often in return for attention, affection, money, gifts, drugs, alcohol or accommodation.
Some young people may think that their abuser is their friend or boyfriend/ girlfriend. In reality they are being used for sex and the ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’ might physically or verbally threaten them and be violent towards them and may pass them on to other people too.
Sexual exploitation can also take place online and via text, without the young person being aware, for example, being persuaded to post or text sexual images of themselves.
In all cases, those exploiting the young person will control and manipulate them and try to isolate them from friends and family.
Find more about how CSE happens and spotting the signs here. This text has been taken from the BSCB website.
Spotting the Signs of CSE
Sometimes things that seem like normal teenage behaviour could be a sign a young person is being sexually exploited. Signs to watch out for:
- Becoming withdrawn, clingy or moody
- Unexplained changes in personality, mood swings and seeming insecure
- Nightmares or sleeping problems
- Running away, staying out overnight, missing school
- Changes in eating habits
- Talk of a new, older friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and unexplained money or gifts
- Spending a lot of time online
- Losing contact with family and friends or becoming secretive
- Physical signs such as unexplained soreness or bruises around private areas
- Or you may just be worried about unsafe sexual behaviour
Any one sign doesn’t mean that a young person is being sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you should begin to ask questions and consider seeking help.
Source “West Yorkshire Police with Pupils from Airedale Academy” Published on 11 Oct 2013
Help and Advice for Parents & Carers
- Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (BSCB)
The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is a statutory body established under the Children Act 2004. It consists of senior representatives from the key agencies and bodies which have regular contact with children and young people or responsibility for services to them in Buckinghamshire. The BSCB’s website has a wealth of information for parents/guardians on keeping children safe and support services in Bucks. Check out their website here & this Information leaflet for Parents/Carers
- CEOP’s Thinkuknow
The Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) Command is a command of the National Crime Agency working to cut serious and organised crime relating to online and offline child exploitation. Thinkuknow is a series of resources from CEOP’s in house education programme aimed at Children, Young People, Parents, Carers & Professionals
- R U Safe?
Buckinghamshire has a county-wide service for young people, Barnardo’s ‘R-U-Safe?’ which is also able to offer consultation and support if you have queries that may relate to a young person being exploited www.barnardos.org.uk/rusafebucks.
RUSafe also work in schools using a programme called Real Love Rocks
- First Response
Buckinghamshire County Council 0845 460 0001 email: email@example.com
- Parenting E-Course
Parents Against CSE (PACE) have teamed up with the Safeguarding Children e-Academy to product a short (20-30 mins) online course, looking at understanding and identifying signs of CSE.
To access this free resource for parents and carers, please click here.
If you are worried about a young person, and think they are in immediate danger contact the Police on 999. If it is not an emergency, click on the button below.
- Further Information and Sources of Information
For further safeguarding information, click here
This page was last updated on March 6, 2018