Young refugees and young carers are some of the most vulnerable children in the UK and could be at significant risk of sexual exploitation

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What is child sexual exploitation (CSE)?

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is when someone takes sexual advantage of a child or young person, for their own benefit. Through threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or by telling a child that they love them, offenders will have the power to get vulnerable children to do sexual things for their own, or other people’s benefit or enjoyment. This includes, but is not limited to - touching or kissing private body parts, sexual intercourse and taking sexual photos.

One in 20 children in the UK has been sexually abused.

Many of these young people want to disclose their abuse, but don’t feel they can.

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Vulnerable children are targeted the most

We know from our own specialist services that people who sexually exploit children particularly prey on the most vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds. They will go to great lengths to target vulnerable young people, using gifts, affection, money, alcohol, drugs - or the promise of love.

Victims are commonly teenagers in the care system, with backgrounds of abuse and neglect, learning disabilities or with mental health problems.

Young refugees and young carers are some of the most vulnerable children in the UK and could be at significant risk of sexual exploitation.

We support children and young people intensively to cope with the trauma of sexual exploitation by helping children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation, and those who have already experienced it.

Seen and Heard

Our Seen and Heard e-learning package - funded by Department of Health and supported by NHS England - for Healthcare workers aims to train professionals to recognise the signs of abuse.

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