Sexual Exploitation

What is Sexual Exploitation?

The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.

Child sexual exploitation can occur through use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition, for example the persuasion to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones with no immediate payment or gain. In all cases those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.

“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes disadvantage 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.” Department of Education Definition - 16th February 2017


Reality of Sexual Grooming Gangs in the UK

See below an interview with Andrew Norfolk by SAS about sexual grooming in gangs:



If you are concerned about a young person who may be being sexually exploited, please contact CSE Team or telephone 01302 737200

If your concern is about a child in immediate danger, please ring Police on 999.

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Last updated: 02 March 2018 13:19:51