General Article Child sexual exploitation

This article is 7 years old. Click here to view the latest articles for this topic.

There is still a great deal we don’t know about the extent of child sexual exploitation (CSE), its long-term impact on victims and the effectiveness of treatment and prevention. However, we do know that it is child abuse and interventions must be appropriate and timely. These pages aim to provide an introduction to the subject and a guide to the policy, practice and research as well as useful resources for anyone working with children or with an interest in child protection.


What is child sexual exploitation?

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, gifts, accommodation, affection or status. The manipulation or ‘grooming’ process involves befriending children, gaining their trust, and often feeding them drugs and alcohol, sometimes over a long period of time, before the abuse begins. The abusive relationship between victi...

Would you like to see the rest of this article and all the other benefits that Issues Online can provide with?

Sign up now for an immediate no obligation FREE TRIAL and view the entire collection