CSE is a type of sexual abuse. It is when someone takes advantage of anyone under the age of 18 sexually, for their own or other people’s benefit or enjoyment. This frequently involves using threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or emotional blackmail.
It can be difficult to identify because those who have suffered often do not consider themselves to be victims at first and may believe they are in a ‘loving relationship’.
All the organisations involved in children’s safeguarding, including the County Council, are working together to tackle the issue and parents, family members and friends can play an important part too.
You can find lots of useful information about CSE – the signs and how to respond if you see them – online www.barnardos.org.uk , www.nspcc.org.uk, www.paceuk.info and www.thisisnotanexcuse.org/child-sexual-exploitation
If you know or suspect a child is in immediate danger, dial 999 straight away. If you suspect a child might be at risk or you need some advice about CSE, you can telephone Children’s Social Care 0300 123 2224.