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Child Sexual Exploitation - additional points

What else do we know about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

  • The key factor that distinguishes CSE from other forms of child sexual abuse is the concept of exchange - the victim is enticed; coerced; manipulated; forced or deceived into engaging in the sexual abuse in return for something
  • Practitioners can misinterpret CSE as consensual and can fail to recognise the element of exploitation
  • CSE is typified by a power imbalance in favour of the perpetrator
  • Children and young people in care (particularly those in residential care) have a disproportionate risk of CSE
  • The majority of CSE victims are living at home
  • Most CSE concerns are reported by practitioners; friends or family; or by proactive investigations rather than by self-disclosure by the victim
  • No single agency can, or should, address the challenge of preventing and responding to CSE in isolation - a multi-agency approach is much more effective
Last modified on 18 October 2018

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