Child Sexual Exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity seemingly 'consensual' relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes through to very serious organised crimes.


The term ‘sexual exploitation’ is often used to refer to the sexual abuse of children during adolescence. This is the time when they are rapidly changing and developing, both sexually and emotionally. They may be dreaming of having boyfriends or girlfriends and, while they want to act like adults, they lack the knowledge and experience to recognise when an abusive adult or young person is taking advantage of them. All this makes young people particularly vulnerable to sexual exploitation.


There may be many reasons for changes in a young person’s behaviour, but if we notice a combination of worrying signs it may be time to seek help or advice


Ensure lines of communication are open

Get to know what they know

Know their friends

Take an active interest in their online life

Listen to children and young people

Take time

If you think your child is associating with potentially abusive people 

Collecting as much identifying information as possible such as car registration numbers and descriptions of people can assist the police to intervene if necessary.

Keep a diary of events such as times your child has gone missing or unexplained phone calls they have received.

If a child or young person is in immediate danger, call 999 or contact your local police on 101 and ask to speak to someone about your concerns for your child. Alternatively call Children’s Social care Referral and Response Team on 01484456848.

You can also discuss your concerns with family, friends, the school or others in your child’s life.

Please also see our linked documents relating to PACE UK, BLAST PROJECT, NSPCC, BARNARDO’s and CHILDLINE for further advice and support.

Spot the Signs of CSE - download the information leaflet here

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

Please download, print and share these posters to raise awareness of the day.

Boy Poster                       Girl Poster


Online CSE Training

Register for an account and log in - Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Course Management System/available courses

Information and Advice

PACE UK (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) - For confidential help and advice, call PACE on 0113 240 5226

BLAST Project - This is a specialist CSE service for boys and young men. Tel:  0113 2444209 / 07921 372 896 / 07407 761 569 

NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000 or email

Barnados - 0208 550 8822

ChildLine - 0800 1111 or online chat with a ChildLine Counsellor by clicking here

New Thinkuknow parents and carers campaign launches today!

CEOP has launched a new campaign around the awareness of getting parents and carers to use social media and the interent to talk about sex and relationships with their children.

There is a link to a short video below  and also a page of information for parents at :


Spot the signs

Sexual exploitation affects thousands of children and young people every year. By knowing the tell-tale signs, we can all play an important role in reducing that number.

Look out for:

This short video also explains some of the practical steps you can take to protect the children in your life.

Barnardo’s has published leaflets for parents, and young people across the UK.

Click here to view the leaflet for children

Click here to view the leaflet for parents


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