Child Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they're in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online. They may be given gifts and affection in exchange for sexual activities.

Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.

The current definition for CSE is:

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.  (Department for Education February 2017)

Sutton LSCB are committed to raising awareness of and preventing CSE. The LSCB have a CSE strategy and action plan which is monitored and updated quarterly. You will also find links to national CSE initiatives and information in our News Articles section.

Sutton MASE operational panel is a subgroup of the LSCB and has been developed to gain a clear understanding of the prevalence of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Sutton and to signpost support to any children or young people who may be at risk of, or are experiencing, CSE. The panel is co-chaired by Sutton's Executive Head of Safeguarding and a member of the Met Police.

For information on Sutton LSCB's activities for Child Exploitation Awareness Week 2019 please visit our dedicated site: