CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE)
Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where the young person or another person receives ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of the young person performing sexual activities or having sexual activities performed on them by another.
Child exploitation takes many forms, including sexual activity with a child by one or many adults, child pornography and pornography on the Internet. The vast majority of children do not get involved voluntarily; they are coerced, enticed, threatened or are
If your child confides in you, believe them, support them and tell Social Services or the Police. If you think your child has been physically injured, seek medical help. Talk to your child about what is happening.
WHAT TO SAY
It is important that your child feels that you believe what she or he is telling you. Make it clear that telling what happened was the right thing to do and that you will protect him or her from further harm.
Know where your child is; be familiar with their friends and daily activities. Teach your child to trust their own feelings and assure them that they have a right to say NO to what they sense is wrong. Listen carefully to your child’s fears and be supportive.
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