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What is Child Sexual Exploitation or CSE?
This is sexual abuse whereby children and young people are manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act. The abuser may physically or verbally threaten or be violent towards them.
The perpetrator will manipulate, groom and try to isolate the child/young person from friends and family. The abuser may control a child/young person through physical or psychological means or through the use of drugs or alcohol for a sexual purpose.
The child/young person may think that their abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend. Children/young people may be moved within the UK, also referred to as internal trafficking, or trafficked into the UK from other countries for the purpose of sexually abusing them.
Which children and young people are affected by child sexual exploitation?
This type of abuse could happen to any child/young person from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women.
Children who are at increased risk of CSE are children who are looked after, leaving residential or foster care, migrant or unaccompanied asylum seeking children/young people, learning disabilities or physical disabilities and children who run away from home or care, or go missing,
They may have experienced previous forms of abuse and may be involved in gangs.
What to do if you are concerned
If a child/young person is at immediate risk of harm, phone police on 999 and Children’s Social Care 0345 603 7627. Any other concerns please phone Children’s Social care on the above number, or Out of hours Children’s Social care on 0345 606 1212.
Please discuss with your allocated Health Visitor and or School Nurse via the school for any other concerns regarding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
www.ESCB.co.uk (Essex Safeguarding Children’s Board)