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Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology. (Working Together 2018)

The Department of Education has produced  Child Sexual Exploitation Guidance  in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Research In Practice, the full document is also available here.

“Say Something” is a 24/7, anonymous helpline, that creates space for young people to share any worries they have about themselves or their friends and will provide support to help them keep safe.

Call or text 116000

Facebook: /SaySomething

Twitter: @SaySomethingIf 

Resources for supporting young people experiencing or at risk of CSE…..

  • Barnardos have created a leaflet for young people explaining more about Child Sexual exploitation
  • Birmingham & Solihull’s Umbrella service has some useful information and specialist services for sexual health concerns. Opening times for sexual health clinics are also available on the Website

For further resources for supporting young people experiencing or at risk of CSE, please click on the Child Sexual Exploitation – Information for Children and Young People section

For resources for supporting Parents or Carers please click on the Child Sexual Exploitation – information for parents or carers section of the website. There is a free interactive education tool for parents/ carers available here

Useful information and Research for Professionals…