Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership

What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

child sexual expoitation - listen to my story

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.

Department for Education (DFE) 2017

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Visit for more information about the CSE campaign and for details of how you can help raise awareness of CSE.



Barnardo's have produced a series of leaflets in relation to CSE aimed at a variety of people within the community and people who work with young people:

CSE Leaflet - Parents/Carers

CSE Leaflet - Young Person - How to keep you and your friends safe

CSE Leaflet - Working with Young People

CSE Leaflet - Service Sector

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