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Child Sexual Exploitation

What to do if you are concerned about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Kent has launched a campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation called Operation Willow

If you have concerns about a child or young person whom you believe is at risk of sexual exploitation you can call Kent Police on 101 and ask for the CSE team or Operation Willow

CSE Team number direct number – 01622 652886 | E-mail: Cse.team.kent.and.medway@kent.pnn.police.uk

Click here for further information including full CSE KSCB procedures and the child sexual exploitation toolkit.  The link also has access to a range of leaflets and posters which are available to download


Child Sexual Exploitation: Statutory Definition Feb 2017

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


Potential signs and symptoms of Child Sexual Exploitation include:

  • Going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • Regularly missing school
  • Appearing with unexplained gifts /new possessions
  • Associating with other YP involved in exploitation
  • Having older boyfriends or girlfriends
  • Suffering from sexually transmitted infections
  • Mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
  • Drug and alcohol misuse

Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour


Further Information

  1. CSE information and training video (Health Education England) – This is only 15 minutes and can be viewed individually or at team meetings, training.  It has a victim talking about her experiences and case studies relevant to primary care
  2. ‘Is it love? A guide for young people’ KSCB Leaflet
  3. ‘Child Sexual Exploitation – Advice for Healthcare Staff’ Pocket Guide (NHS England)

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