CSE – advice for children & young people

It’s not okay for someone to manipulate you into doing sexual things for their own or someone else’s benefit. If you are under 18, this is called Child Sexual Exploitation or CSE and it is against the law.

The It’s Not Okay www.itsnotokay.co.uk website contains information for young people, parents, carers, and professionals.

If you are suffering, or think you may be subject to, sexual exploitation there is lots of help available.

Report sexual exploitation to the police on 101. If you or another young person is in immediate danger, ring 999.

What is CSE?
Child sexual exploitation happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something, for example, food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts or money.

Perpetrators can be adults pretending to be a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend or they could even be a person at school, college or online.

It is important to remember that this can happen to any child or young person, can happen on and offline and that sexual abusers can be both male and female.

How does it happen?

Spot the warning signs
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you may be at risk of sexual exploitation by adults:

How to get help
You are not to blame if you are being abused. The adults who have taken advantage of you are responsible and they are the people who have done something wrong.

If you can, talk to someone that you trust, such as a parent, carer or a close family member. If you are unable to talk to someone at home, talk to a friend, teacher or someone in your community you trust.

If you are worried that you, or someone you know, is being abused contact the Police, giving as much information as you can. Your report will be investigated by specially trained staff and officers.

For confidential support and advice
Text or call the National CSE helpline anonymously on 116 000 or visit the website www.knowandsee.co.uk


Contact Childline (not just for young children) in confidence on tele: 0800 1111 or online at www.childline.org.uk to get help and advice about a wide range of issues. You can talk to a counsellor online or you can send an email or post on the message boards.

Resources for Young People
Barnardo’s – Spot the signs
Visit the Barnardo’s website www.barnardos.org.uk  and look at their child sexual exploitation pages.

Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe. Download the  leaflets for parents, and young people from  www.barnardos.org.uk/

CEOP Thinkuknow programme
The website www.thinkuknow.co.uk/  provides the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Childline is not just for young children!
Go to www.childline.org.uk for advice about a wide range of issues.

Disrespect NoBody is a campaign aimed at promoting healthy relationships – visit their website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk to find out about the different types of abuse, get advice and have a look at the organisations that can help.

Stop it now is a UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

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