Keeping children safe from sexual harm

Information for professionals.

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) 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:

(a) sexual activity 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 (Department for Education 2017).

In all cases trust in your professional instinct - be professionally curious. Safeguarding of the child should be the priority.

If you would like to know more about CSE, you can get further information from:

If you have concerns about a young person, you can report your concerns to:

Leicestershire County Council, 0116 305 0005,  
Leicester City Council, 0116 454 1004,
Rutland County Council, 01572 758407,

If you believe that a young person is in immediate danger from CSE you should call the police on 999.

Guidance regarding child criminal exploitation responsibilities