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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Please explore the options on the side for useful information and publications on the subject of child sexual exploitation along with local forms and guidance for practitioners.

Definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Sexual exploitation of Children and Young People under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child Sexual Exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.


Thurrock LSCP has joined with its Southend and Essex Board partners to develop an Essex wide CSE strategy that supports children from across the County.

The strategy outlines the overarching approach to tackling child sexual exploitation across SET, and  provides a coherent Essex-wide response which is both needs-led and outcomes-focused.

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SET CSE Strategy 2015-2016.pdf 
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Risk Assessment

Information for professionals - risk assessment

If you have concerns about a child or young person who may be at risk of sexual explotation,please open the file below and follow the guidance.



Professionals if you have a concern - submit an information report

If you see or hear something that you feel is not right, dont wait for someone else to do something. The smallest piece of information could be the crucial piece of the jigsaw the Police or Social Care need to make the picture complete.


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