CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION:
WHAT IS CSE?

CONSULTANT
IN GENITOURINARY MEDICINE

Child sexual exploitation
is when a child or young person

is knowingly or unknowingly
coerced into sexual activity

that's inappropriate for their age.

ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18
IS STILL A CHILD

HEALTH SPECIALIST, NATIONAL
WORKING GROUP FOR TACKLING CSE

The young people are often groomed
by the giving of gifts or money,

or drugs and alcohol.

But the purpose for the adult is to
exploit that child for sexual purposes.

HE TOLD ME HE'D BE THERE FOR ME
WHEN HE GAVE ME THE PHONE

AND THAT I'M BEAUTIFUL,
WHEN HE GAVE ME THIS

It sometimes involves
trafficking young people.

It sometimes involves
a grooming process that befriends them,

though sometimes also
it can be more brutal than that.

INTERNAL TRAFFICKING
IS WHEN SOMEONE IS MOVED

FROM ONE LOCATION TO ANOTHER
WITHIN THE UK,

IRRESPECTIVE OF DISTANCE

In exploitation, you've got individuals,
you've got groups and you've got gangs,

and all three of those
may be involved in exploitation.

And all of them may be online,
or all of them may be on the street,

or both of those issues
at the same time.

GANGS:
CSE IS NOT THE PRIMARY PURPOSE,

BUT MAY BE USED AS A WEAPON
AND/OR A FORM OF CONTROL

GROUPS: CSE IS THE MAIN FOCUS
AND ACTIVITY

CSE is a child protection issue,

and as we say in all elements of
safeguarding,

then it's everybody's business.

MANY DIFFERENT
HEALTH AND CARE PROFESSIONALS

HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY

IN PROTECTING CHILDREN
FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

The perpetrators can be male,
they can be white, they can be black,

they can be of different cultures.

As can the victims in this situation.

Boys are victims
of sexual exploitation as well.

Women are involved
in perpetrating sexual exploitation.

I think it would be fair to say
that there certainly isn't evidence

that women are as involved as men
in sexual exploitation,

but there are certainly cases of women
being involved in sexual exploitation.

And some of them have been in the media,

but the media cover them
in different ways.

People from all walks of life

are both victims and perpetrators
in this as well.

So it's not socio-economically driven,

although there may be impacts
on certain communities

that are greater than others.

It doesn't relate to any particular
religion or ethnic group.

It really is in everybody.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW
YOU CAN HELP PROTECT CHILDREN

FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION VISIT:
www.nhs.uk/cse