Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse where a young person under the age of 18 is encouraged, trapped, forced or coerced into a sexual relationship or situation by an adult. It often involves the young person being offered something in return for performing sexual acts, such as alcohol, cigarettes, gifts, money, drugs and affection.
CSE can also happen through the use of technology, for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet.
CSE is never okay
If it’s happening to you or someone close to you there is help out there for you.
How to get help and support - if your experiencing CSE
If you are under 18 years of age
You can call Childline at any time on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor. Calls are free and confidential.
You can also visit www.childline.org.uk where they have online chat, email and message boards.
Talk to an adult you know and trust; this may be a teacher, a social worker, a family friend, a parent or a friend’s parent.
For help and support on CSE contact:
For immediate attention call the police on 999
If you have information that may help the Police, contact your local police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Hounslow Children’s Services
020 8583 6600 (Option 1) (Monday - Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm and Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm)
020 8583 2222 (out of hours and weekends)
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) – www ceop.police.uk
Childline – 0800 111 or visit www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx for help and advice.
PACE – provides parents with direct support and gives opportunities to speak or meet with other parents www.paceuk.info
Parents Project – online resource Parents sharing advice to other parents on what they can do to manage behaviours and what they wish they had known. www.parentproject.com
NSPCC can be contacted 24/7 for help and advice on 0808 800 5000 or visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/