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Child Sexual Exploitation

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

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.

The new working together advice on CSE and the new definition can be found here:

Local Guidance

The Kent and Medway Child Sexual Exploitation Toolkit has been developed to help professionals in all agencies assess whether a child for whom they have a concern is at risk of harm through sexual exploitation.

National Guidance

Sussex Police - CSE Nude Selfie Animations

Sussex Police have created two animations which highlight the consequences of sending nude selfies to raise awareness with children and young people. Sussex Police have provided guidance below relating to their use:

Due to the subject matter of these videos there is always a risk that YouTube would recommend other videos which are inappropriate.

While we can control whether recommendations are shown when our videos are embedded in other webpages we are not able to control this function in YouTube itself.

However, users of YouTube can control what recommendations they see and they can control whether recommendations automatically play.

We would suggest that if showing our videos in public or to school children that you take the above steps to ensure nothing inappropriate appears and that you test this before showing it to a group.

The first video, tells the story of a young woman sharing a nude selfie and who gets blackmailed and exploited.

The second video told from a boyfriend's perspective, tells the story of him sharing a nude selfie of his girlfriend and things spiralling out of control

Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI)

The thematic report from the last round of JTAI has been published and can be downloaded below:

Time to Listen - A joined up response to Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Children

Useful Links


St Giles Trust