General Article Child sexual exploitation explained

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Child sexual exploitation is a hugely distressing, but fairly rare form of sexual, emotional and physical abuse of children.

It can be extremely difficult to recognise, as many of the warning signs are symptomatic of challenges that all parents of adolescent or near-adolescent children face. Pace recognises this, and encourages parents who are worried about their child to talk through their fears with us. The expertise that Pace offers is based on the experiences of the 600 parents who have worked with us over the last 17 years. So Pace understands for parents, the reality of child sexual exploitation is more complicated than formal definitions allow for.

As a rough guide, however, child sexual exploitation can be defined in the following terms:

  • It can be useful to think of child sexual exploitation as a course of conduct rather than an isolated incident. It involves relationships based on a deliberate imbalance of power.
  • A person under 18 is sexually exploited when they are c...

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