Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is an abuse of children and young people from all backgrounds and communities that is increasing and alarming right across the UK.
The child or young person (anyone under the age of 18 years) is encouraged or forced into sexual activity in exchange for something. This “something” can be wide ranging including;
~ gifts, money, alcohol, drugs, a safe place to stay, gang status or affection.
At the beginning the relationship may seem harmless and normal but this changes sometimes very quickly, within hours, and sometimes over a longer period as the “grooming” takes place. The “grooming” can happen online or offline without the young person being aware.