Child sexual exploitation

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 you're experiencing CSE

Download our leaflets here

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 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

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) – www

Childline – 0800 111 or visit  for help and advice.

PACE – provides parents with direct support and gives opportunities to speak or meet with other parents

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.

NSPCC can be contacted 24/7 for help and advice on 0808 800 5000 or visit


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