What is CSE?

WHAT IS CSE?

What is CSE?

Child sexual exploitation known as CSE for short, is a form of sexual abuse where offenders use their power – whether physical, financial, or emotional – over the child to sexually or emotionally abuse them.


Victims may not realise they are being exploited. Or they may feel they have no choice but to be abused. It’s not their fault and it’s not okay. You have a choice to help.

Victims will often be tricked by offenders into thinking that they are in a normal loving relationship in order to gain their trust, before being emotionally and sexually abused.

Different Kinds of Exploitation

CSE can take many forms.

It can happen in person, online or via mobile phones. Young people are usually ‘groomed’ and then sexually abused - they are tricked into thinking they are in a safe and normal relationship so they may not know it’s happening.

They may post or send images of themselves in return for some kind of payment, such as money, gifts or even just a sense of belonging.

Then the ‘relationship’ changes. Offenders use their power – whether physical, financial, or emotional– over the child to sexually or emotionally abuse them.

Do you know the signs of child sexual exploitation?

It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect children