Sexual exploitation

What is Child sexual exploitation (CSE)?

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse. It happens when an individual or group forces a child or young person under the age of 18 to participate in some form of sexual activity. Child Sexual Exploitation affects thousands of children and young people across the UK.

Who can exploit me? 

  • A group of people/individual you've only just got to know.
  • Someone you've spoken to online.
  • Someone who you feel you have a close relationship with. This could be close friends, your boyfriend/girlfriend, family members/close family friends.

How can they exploit me? 

To start with, they may be nice to you and show you a lot of interest and affection and make you feel special. They may buy you presents such as clothes, a mobile phone or give you money to buy things. They might offer you cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, a place to chill out or involve you in activities that seem exciting or fun. 
Once they have gained your trust and affection, they may change how they act around you. They may become threatening, violent and expect you to have sex with them or perform sexual acts on them.

What to do if I think I am being exploited?

You can contact the CSE Team on 01302 737200

"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: /SaySomethingIf

Twitter: @SaySomethingIf 

You can download the Barnados App ‘Wud U’ which will show you the dangers of CSE and how to keep yourself safe.

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