Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. This type of abuse could happen to any child or young person up to the age of 18 from any background. Would you recognise if your child was being sexually exploited?
Child sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse. Victims are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act, either as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, gifts, money, alcohol, drugs or somewhere to stay.
The young person may think that the abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend. But they will put them into dangerous situations, making or forcing them to do things that they don’t want to do or can’t say no to.
The abuser will create some form of dependency between the young person and them and may physically or verbally threaten the young person or be violent towards them. They will try and isolate them from friends and family so that they can control and manipulate them.
This type of abuse could happen to any child or young person up to the age of 18 from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women.
The victims of abuse are not at fault. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate and take advantage of the young people they abuse.
Often the victims of sexual exploitation are not aware they are being exploited.
Signs of sexual exploitation range significantly but there are a number of tell tale signs you should look out for in your child and their friends, including:
CSE Information for Parents and Carers can be viewed on the NSPCC website:
Leicester City Council • 0116 252 7000 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Leicestershire County Council • 0116 305 0005 • email@example.com
Rutland County Council • 01572 758407 • firstname.lastname@example.org
For non emergencies you should call 101.
If you are concerned that a child is in immediate danger you should call 999.
The project supports girls and boys at risk of sexual exploitation.
0116 251 0803 • http://www.new-futures.org.uk/
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and exploitation. www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
The LSCBs are supporting Barnardo’s ‘Cut Them Free’ campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and help prevent it happening to young people in our area.
A support and information agency for parents about child sexual exploitation. www.paceuk.info
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