Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can be a one-off occurrence or a series of incidents over time and range from opportunistic to complex organised abuse. It can involve force and/or enticement-based methods of compliance and may, or may not, be accompanied by violence or threats of violence.
Some additional specific indicators that may be present in CSE are children who:
• have older boyfriends or girlfriends; and
• suffer from sexually transmitted infections, display sexual behaviours beyond expected sexual development or become pregnant.

NSPCC – The underwear rule – Guidance designed to help parents/carers start conversations with young people to help protect them from abuse:

NSPCC – What is Child Sexual Exploitation – Information on CSE, including signs, symptoms and effects:

Child Sexual Exploitation & How to Keep Your Child Safe | NSPCC

Child sexual abuse and exploitation | Barnardo’s (

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