Child Sexual Exploitation - Advice for Parents and Carers
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is the exploitation of children and young people under 18. It involves situations where children are forced or encouraged to engage in sexual activities, contexts and relationships where the young person (or third person/s) receive "something" (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or others performing sexual activities on them.
Violence, intimidation and coercion are common but rewards and promises can be used to gain the confidence of children so that they do not see themselves as a victim of exploitation and think they are consenting to what happens. The reality is that they have not consented as children cannot consent to his or her own abuse
CSE can also occur through the use of technology without the child being aware of what is happening at the start, e.g. being persuaded to post images on the internet or mobile phone.
If you have any concerns about a child you can contact Sandwell's MASH team on 0121 569 3100 where you will be able to speak to someone about your concerns.
Alternatively you can speak to a trusted adult in school who will be able to help you.
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