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Children & young people

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

Child Sexual Exploitation affects thousands of children and young people across the UK.

If you are a young person it can be difficult to spot the warning signs as you may believe you are in a positive relationship with someone who is actually exploiting you.

The relationship could be with close friends, a boyfriend or girlfriend, and maybe groups of friends from school or the area you live in.

It could be a person or a new group of people you've only just got to know.

It could be someone you've talked to online.

These older people are nice to you, they show you a lot of interest and affection in the beginning and they make you feel special.

Sometimes they ask groups of young people to come back to their house and 'chill' or party with other older people.

They might offer you cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, a place to chill out or involve you in activities that seem exciting or fun. They may even buy you presents like clothes, a mobile phone or give you money to buy things. When they have gained your trust and affection they may change how they act around you.

This change can involve them becoming threatening, violent, behaving sexually towards you or expecting you to have sex with them or perform sexual acts on them.