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.
If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, please complete the Exploitation Screening Tool and send it to email@example.com and /or call:
During office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8.45am – 5.15pm Friday, 8.45am – 4.45pm) call Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub: 0300 555 2866
Out of office hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays) Emergency Response Team Telephone: 0300 555 2922 or 0300 555 2836
Dr Jessica Eaton has released a resource: Critical Perspectives: Child Sexual Exploitation Approaches and Practice which contains critical discussions of current approaches to child sexual exploitation.
Guidance for Professionals - Appropriate Language: Child Sexual and / or Criminal Exploitation