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