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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.

The young person is used by being made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.

They can be persuaded that the sexual activities are a ‘normal’ part of adult life, or an ‘exciting’ opportunity which confirms their maturity and independence.

Child sexual exploitation can be hard to identify and a change in behaviour in a young person may often seem like normal teenage behaviour. But for some, these could be the signs of something far more serious.

It’s not always easy to know what young people are up to and abusers can be very clever in their manipulations.

A young person may feel they are in a loving relationship, while perpetrators will often seek to break the bond between the child and their family.


Encourage them to talk about things that are bothering them, even if they think you’ll be upset or cross. Perpetrators rely on victims feeling shame or guilt to keep them silent.

Be in the habit of talking to them about what they’re getting up to and who their friends are and reassure them it’s ok to talk to you or another trusting adult if they feel threatened or concerned.

Children and young people need to know they can talk to you about anything. Talk to them about healthy relationships and what they can do to help protect themselves, if they are in a difficult situation.


Talk about the sites they use and the importance of not giving out personal information or meeting anyone in person they have only met online. Discuss the dangers of posting sexual images online and of ‘sexting’ (the sending or receiving of sexual images via text message)

If you are worried that a child is being sexually exploited in Brent, contact Brent Family Front Door 020 8937 4300.

There are a range of websites offering advice and information for parents on sexual exploitation and below are some suggested sites to visit.


Parents against child sexual exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers of children who are, or are at risk of being sexually exploited. CClick on the picture below to go to the Pace website.


Barnardo’s offers advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe. Click on the picture below to go to the ‘Spot the signs’ of Barnardo’s website.


The NSPCC provide useful information and resources on CSE. Click on the picture below to go to the NSPCC website.