Listen to these parents who talk about their experience of child sexual exploitation:
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse and is against the law.
The reasons why young people can be vulnerable to sexual exploitation can be due to a number of factors including low self-esteem and a poor self-image.
Vulnerabilities are identified and targeted by the abuser, whether the young person is living with their family, looked after, away from home or they have run away. In a bid to gain their trust, abusers then groom the young person. To find out more about what grooming is, click here.
The people involved in this type of abuse aim to drive a wedge between you and your child, closing down the normal channels of communication and emotional bond between you, so it is very important to recognise the warning signs that your child may be a victim of, or at risk of sexual exploitation.
There are no stereotypical victims of CSE, male and females can be a victim of CSE, but the below warning signs are indications that a child may be being exploited:
CSE Myths Buster
CSE can affect young people and families from all kinds backgrounds regardless of social class, ethnicity or location – it is not just something that happens in small communities or in Greater Manchester or Yorkshire
CSE does not just affect young girls, boys can be subject to abuse too
CSE offenders are not from one particular ethnic group - CSE shows no race bounds
Technologies such as mobile phones and the internet mean that grooming may occur without the child’s permission or without the child even recognising that they are being exploited; for example through being persuaded to post sexual images over the internet or through mobile phone images.
Watch this NSPCC video to find out more about grooming
Tips to keep your child/young person safe