Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse that occurs when a young person is encouraged to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something (presents, money, alcohol, attention, affection).
To the child or young person it may seem like a normal relationship at first and can happen online or offline without the child or young person realising it is exploitative.
This is an important subject for both parents/carers and young people to know more about to help keep themselves safe. Sexual exploitation can take many forms and can take place on or offline
The Scottish Government have set up a CSE website which has a useful section on the facts about CSE and on how to spot the signs of CSE
Below are some short films that could help to start a conversation with your child:
This film follows Matt, a teenage boy who begins a relationship with a girl he has met online. Together they explore their sexuality via IM and webcam. Eventually they decide to meet up offline however the girl isn't who Matt thought she was...
Exploited is an 18-minute film created by CEOP, which helps young people learn to stay safe from sexual exploitation. It aims to educate young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship
in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship, and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.
Created by CEOP, this film explores how information young people post online can be used against them.
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