Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
Child sexual exploitation can happen to anyone under the age of 18 and it is often a hidden crime. Young people may trust their abuser and don't understand that they are being abused or may depend on their abuser and be too scared to tell anyone what's happening.
When sexual exploitation happens online, young people may be persuaded or forced to:
If you know or suspect a child is in immediate danger, you should dial 999 straight away.
If you suspect a child may be at risk, or have any information relating to child sexual exploitation, we would prefer to speak to you:
You can also report suspected child sexual exploitation:
If you are in a profession such as a teacher or social worker, you may be exposed to certain situations which you feel the police should be aware of concerning vulnerable people.
If you believe a child or adult is vulnerable or being exploited, you can use this form to provide intelligence or information to the police.
Visit the following organisation's websites for further help and support:
Children’s charity Barnardo’s, supports children and families affected by issues such as sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.