Child sexual exploitation is a form of abuse which involves children (male and female, of different ethnic origins and of different ages) receiving something in exchange for sexual activity. Perpetrators of sexual exploitation are found in all parts of the country and are not restricted to particular ethnic groups.
Child sexual exploitation is when someone grooms and controls a child for a sexual purpose. It can happen to boys and girls, it can happen in rural and urban areas, it can happen face to face and it can happen online. It is a form of child abuse and should be treated as a child protection issue.
On this page you will find some useful information on sexual exploitation, including details of services available, related guidance pages and quick links to helpful websites.
Related advice and information
- Living and coping with child sexual exploitation (PACE)
- Child sexual exploitation (guidance from NSPCC)
- Child sexual exploitation (guidance from Barnardos)
- Concerned about your behaviour? (Stop It Now)
- Concerned about another adult's behaviour? (Stop It Now)
- Concerned about a child's behaviour? (Stop It Now)
- Rape and Sexual Abuse
- Female genital mutilation or female circumcision
- How to spot child sexual exploitation