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Safeguarding Children

What is Child Sexual Exploitation?
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere – regardless of their social or ethnic background.

It relates to situations where a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or desires, for example; attention, a sense of belonging, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation. Fear of what might happen if they do not comply may also be a significant influencing factor.

How do I know Child Sexual Exploitation is happening?

There are a number of different forms in which CSE can present itself; these can range from internet sexual exploitation, sexual exploitation at house parties and the movement of young people for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

There is no typical victim of Child Sexual Exploitation, however there are warning signs which may indicate something is wrong – and if you know what you’re looking for, you can take steps to help them.

Ask yourself is the young person…

  • Regularly missing from home or school or staying out all night
  • Receiving lots of texts or phone calls prior to leaving
  • Changing in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Experiencing low self-esteem or self-harming
Further resources:


Child Sexual Exploitation and the Law

Child Sexual Exploitation – Information for Foster Carers

Child Sexual Exploitation – Information for Parents

Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland – Marshall Report

The Impact of Grooming- NSPCC Document



Safe to Know

I am looking for guidance on online safety and privacy settings:

NSPCC and o2

Get Safe Online

Internet Matters

UK Safer Internet Centre

I want more information on the social networking sites like Snapchat, MeowChat and Instagram.

Connect Safely – Parent Guides

Transl8it – Translate slang used in texting and online

How do I look out for the signs of child sexual exploitation?

Barnardo’s – Spot the Signs

I don’t know how to bring up the discussion around online safety with my children/the children I care for:

The Family Online Safety Institute

Digizen – Family Agreement

I am looking for resources to show children to explain online safety.

BBC – Stay Safe

NSPCC – Sexting: Advice for Parents

Locations where this service is delivered


Gateway Team

Call us02871314090

Regional Emergency Social Work Service

Call us02895049999

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