Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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 to Safeguard Children (2015).

Children involved in any form of sexual exploitation should be treated primarily as the victims of abuse and their needs carefully assessed; the aim should be to protect them from further harm and they should not be treated as criminals. The primary law enforcement response should be directed at perpetrators who groom children for sexual exploitation.

The website: was launched in September 2014 to raise awareness with the public of Greater Manchester so they know what CSE is, can recognise the warning signs, know how to report it and know where to find help from their local specialist team. The website also has a section for professionals and the resources contained within are added to continuously.

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