Child Sexual Exploitation

There has been much media reporting with the launch of the Marshall Report 2014 on Child Sexual Exploitation. Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that can affect any child, anytime, anywhere - regardless of their social or ethnic background.

It relates to situations where a young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in some form of sexual activity in return for something the young person needs or desires, for example; attention, a sense of belonging, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or accommodation.

The young person might think that their abuser is their friend or girl/boyfriend but the abuser is likely to be violent and /or abusive to get the young person to do what they want for them. They will control and manipulate the young person and try to isolate them from friends and family.

For more information on CSE please check out www.safertoknow.info.  Safer to know is a public information campaign by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.  There is good information on warning signs and what to do if you suspect something. This is an important issue and we all have a role to play in helping to keep young people safe.

Page last updated:23 December 2014