Child sexual exploitation
Can you spot the signs?
What is CSE?
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse and involves the organised and deliberate exploitation of a child, purely for the sexual gratification of adults and other children.
This crime can affect girls and boys anytime, anywhere regardless of their background or culture.
There are three main types of CSE:
- Inappropriate relationships Usually involves one perpetrator who has power or control over a younger person. Children and young people often believe they are in loving, consensual relationships
- Boyfriend model Offenders befriend and groom a young person into a relationship and then convince or force them into having sex with friends or groups of people, sometimes associated with gangs
- Organised sexual exploitation Young people are forced to have sex with multiple men. This often occurs at 'sex parties' and young people are often used to recruit others into the network