Child Sexual Exploitation

What are signs of CSE?

Some signs of CSE could be:

  • Regularly coming home late or going missing
  • Associating with unknown adults
  • Experimenting with drugs and alcohol
  • Unaccounted for money or goods
  • Sexualised risk taking
  • Repeat STI’s, pregnancy and terminations
  • Poor mental health

A child might not know they're being sexually exploited. If you're worried about a child and want to talk to them, the NSPCC has some advice on having this conversation. 

What should I do if a child reveals abuse?

Listen carefully to what they’re saying and reassure them that they’ve done the right thing by telling you and that it’s not their fault.

Explain what you’ll do next and that you’ve taken them seriously.

Don’t confront any alleged abuse.

Report what the child has told you as soon as possible.

When should I report to the Child Exploitation Online Partnership (CEOP)?

The Child Exploitation Online Partnership (CEOP) help children stay safe online. 

Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can find our more information on what to report to CEOP on their website

Report an incident to CEOP.


Can I find out if someone has been a perpetrator of CSE?

There is a disclosure scheme called Sarah’s Law which allows parents, carers or guardians to formally ask the police for information about a person they’re concerned about who may be a risk to children.

The police will consider the request along with other partners agencies and make a decision around whether to disclose information or what information to disclose. If there is a need to pass information on to allow someone to better protect a child, then the police will disclose to whoever is in the best position to use of need that information.

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