Child Sexual Exploitation or CSE

The official definition of CSE is;

“Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third party) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing sexual activities, and/or others performing sexual activities on them.”

What does that mean?

It means that if you or a friend is having sex, or performing sexual acts, in return for something like alcohol, drugs, money or other gifts then you are being sexually exploited.

It is common for young people to;

  • Be persuaded into posting sexual images or videos online to people they think they know
  • Be talked into meeting and trusting somebody that they have met online and finding themselves alone and in very dangerous situations
  • Be tricked into doing something that they don’t want to do because they think, or are told, they owe that person something in return for their gifts
  • Get caught up in something that they think they can’t get out of and carry on down that same road until something really bad happens
  • Think that they are in a normal ‘loving’ relationship and not see that they are being sexually exploited

Just Like Me?

If any of the information sounds just like you then remember; it’s not your fault


  • Get help – No matter how bad it seems
  • Trust your instincts – If something doesn’t feel right don’t do it
  • Ask for advice if you’re not sure about something


  • Trust anybody you’ve only met online even if you think you’ve known them for a long time
  • Put yourself in a situation where you’re alone within somebody you don’t really know
  • Carry on doing something because you feel embarrassed or ashamed – get help

To ask for advice, report it or get help go to

“It won’t happen to me”

That’s what we all say but it has happened to lots of young people who are just like you

“Social networking is fun”

Social networking can be fun, but it also needs to be safe.

“I know I shouldn’t do it because it’s risky but that’s what makes it exciting”

Everyone takes risks to a certain extent, but it’s important to know your limits. If you get yourself in to a difficult situation, you don’t want to be in so deep that you can’t see a way out.

Risk can be a good thing but to give a really obvious example - you wouldn’t jump out of a plane without a parachute. Risks have to be managed so that the things we do are thrilling and exciting but are not going to get us killed or seriously hurt at the same time. So put your parachute on AND have an emergency back up.

“Grown ups always think they know best - why should we listen to them?”

Adults usually think they know best because we’ve learnt the hard way and have already made the daft and dangerous mistakes that you’re at risk of now (yes believe it or not we were just like you 20+ years ago). We just don’t want you get hurt like we did or people we know did.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form