Child sexual exploitation, or CSE for short, is when you are being manipulated into having sex usually in return for something. You may receive items like, money, gifts, drugs, alcohol, or something emotional such as affection or a feeling of ‘being somebody’.
The person (or group) doing this wants to gain power over you. Their behaviour can become threatening, intimidating or violent which makes it difficult to escape from the situation.
Grooming is when the person (or group) gains trust, or an emotional connection, with you as a way to increase the likelihood of you doing what they want you to do.
It can be difficult to recognise if you, or someone you know, is being exploited in this way. This may be because you see the exploiter as your boyfriend/girlfriend or someone who will look after or protect you.
Some situations may be putting you at greater risk to being exploited. These include:
• going missing from home, care or school
• using drugs or alcohol
• receiving gifts from new or unknown people
• encouragement to take risks, including sexual risks
You can be referred to Enfield Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention (CSEP) team by the adult professional supporting you. We are part of Enfield Council’s Family and Adolescent Support Hub (FASH). We work with children and young people (aged 11-17) within the Borough of Enfield. Our aim is to raise awareness and prevent children and young people either experiencing, or at risk of, sexual exploitation.
See the Keeping Safe page relating to child sexual exploitation for more information.