What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), is a serious form of child abuse that involves the sexual exploitation of children. An individual or group may take advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants and/or for the financial advantage or the increased status of the perpetrator.
It is important to understand and be aware of the signs and indicators of CSE in order to respond effectively as a practitioner. Child Sexual Exploitation can occur both in-person and online and can involve common tactics include grooming, manipulation, and coercion.
The videos below highlight how any child can be vulnerable.
NWG: Any Child
NWG (National Working Group) focus on raising awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) through events like NWG Child Exploitation Day 2023. The message that "Any Child can become a victim of CSE" is a powerful one and was explored via video, in a campaign to raise awareness.
How Professional Curiosity & Challenge can help youShow detailsBeing professionally curious and having the confidence to have difficult conversations with children and their families can ensure the right interventions are put in place to keep a child safe. Learn more about professional curiosity and challenge on the WSCP webpages here
Case reviews highlight that, when practitioners suspect that a child might be at risk of sexual exploitation, it’s important to:
1. ask questions that explore the nature of the young person’s relationship
2. be curious about the labels and language the child and other practitioners use to talk about the relationship
3. be clear about any safeguarding concerns when talking about or recording information about the relationship
If practitioners use the term ‘older boyfriend/girlfriend’ without assessing the risk, they may be legitimising an exploitative relationship and minimising the risk of harm to the child. Read more here
Self-Care for practitionersShow detailsIt is important to take care of both yourself and your team members if you are dealing with harrowing or difficult circumstances with a child or a family that you are supporting. For further support see below:
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Spectrum Community Health CIC
- What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
- What should you look for?
- How can we HELP?
- What is the RESPECT programme?