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Child Sexual Exploitation

Updated 09/05/2018

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The young person is used by being made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.

They can be persuaded that the sexual activities are a ‘normal’ part of adult life, or an ‘exciting’ opportunity which confirms their maturity and independence.

Child sexual exploitation can be hard to identify and a change in behaviour in a young person may often seem like normal teenage behaviour. But for some, these could be the signs of something far more serious.

It’s not always easy to know what young people are up to and abusers can be very clever in their manipulations.

A young person may feel they are in a loving relationship, while perpetrators will often seek to break the bond between the child and their family.


The NSPCC provide useful information and resources on CSE including a checklist for parents to make sure children avoid the darkside of the web.

Tackling CSE in Brent

Brent LSCB developed a CSE Screening Tool that should be used to by everyone working with children and young people in Brent where they suspect that a child may be at risk of CSE. The tool will assist you to recognise and respond to specific indicators.

To download a copy of this tool click on the image below:

Brent LSCB have also developed leaflets that raise awareness of CSE.

Click on each image to download a copy of the leaflet

If you are worried that a child is being sexually exploited in Brent, contact Brent Family Front Door 020 8937 4300