Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

CSE can happen to boys as well as girls, from rich and poor backgrounds, of any ethnicity and anywhere in the world, including here in Hampshire.

What is CSE

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when a child or young person (anyone under the age of 18), engages in sexual activity as a result of receiving something such as food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, accommodation, drugs, money, or affection.

It’s a process of grooming where the abuser targets a child’s vulnerability. They make them feel loved or wanted, as though the relationship is normal, when in fact the child is being controlled through intimidation, fear or violence.

Recognise the signs and symptoms of CSE

Children and young people that are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited.

Some signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation to be alert for are: 

  • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • regularly missing school or not taking part in education
  • appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
  • associating with other young people involved in exploitation
  • having older boyfriends or girlfriends
  • suffering from sexually transmitted infections
  • mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour
Further advice

Download the Spot the Signs leaflets from Barnardo’s:

View Child Sexual Exploitation information from Hampshire Constabulary

Report Child Sexual Exploitation

It's important that if you recognise any signs or symptoms of abuse that you report your concerns, no matter how small.