What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

Information for children and teenagers

August 23, 2016

Is this you, or a friend?

  • Do you stay out overnight?
  • Have you been missing from home?
  • Do you intentionally miss school?
  • Does a grown-up outside of your family give you money, clothes, jewellery, a mobile phone or other presents?
  • Do you have an older boyfriend or girlfriend?
  • Do you take drugs or drink alcohol?
  • Do you think you are losing touch with your family and friends?
  • Do you hate yourself sometimes?
  • Are you secretive about where you go and who you see?
  • Do you chat to people online who ask you for pictures or make you feel uncomfortable?

If this sounds like your life or that of a friend, then you or they may be at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

If you think you or a friend are at immediate risk all 999.

 What can you do?

If you are worried about yourself or a friend you can talk to a parent, carer, teacher or someone else who you trust.

Or you can call:

101 (the police non-emergency number)

01793 466903 (Swindon Borough Council)

0800 1111 (ChildLine)

116 000 (Missing People Charity)

How does CSE happen?

Some people target children and teenagers and trick them into doing things they don’t want to do.

  • At the start, they make children and teenagers feel special by paying them a lot of attention.
  • Sometimes they’ll ask children or teenagers to their house or to parties.
  • They may offer drugs and alcohol.
  • Presents like mobile phones, clothes or money to buy cigarettes or alcohol may be given.
  • Things can change when the person has gained the trust and affection of the young person.
  • They may ask for sexual favours for themselves or others in return for alcohol, drugs, presents or money – things that were previously given as gifts.

We have a story of CSE here on the Dock, give it a watch here.

More information about CSE can be found at



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