Revised statutory definition of child sexual exploitation

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A new government definition and working together advice for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) has been launched in February 2017. It replaces the 2009 guidance ‘Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation’.

Please find the revised definition below:

Revised statutory definition of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

The government publications can be found here.

The evidence base demonstrates that some cohorts of children and young people – males, children with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender and Black and Minority Ethnic children, for example – may be less likely to have their abuse identified or responded to.

More information and resources on working with boys can be found here:

    My New Friend – Sexual Exploitation of boys

    BLAST Project Just for Boys

    Sam Risks, Different Gender – listen to this to understand more about indicators of sexual exploitation of boys


Here are some resources that may when working with children with disabilities:


    Useful online resources list for supporting young people with learning disabilities with relationships and sex education

    ‘How it is’ (an image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality)

    NSPCC Talk PANTS – Simple conversations to keep your child safe from abuse


For more information on CSE, local information and resources to support your work go here.