Child sexual exploitation (CSE)

Vulnerable children include those who are at risk of of being forced or manipulated into sexual activity. This is a type of abuse that is called Child Sexual Exploitation. It can happen to any child, anywhere.  Recent research (YouGov 2013) suggests that 78% of parents and carers can’t identify all the key signs of child exploitation.  Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide a short (20-30mins) online course which is free of charge which will help you to:

  • Understand child sexual exploitation
  • Find out how to spot the signs
  • Know who to report any concerns to

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Written in partnership with parents who have experienced the hardship of CSE, Keeping it Together: a parent’s guide to coping with child sexual exploitation provides information and guidance on some of the practical and emotional issues faced when caring for a sexually exploited child on a day-to-day basis.

The booklet explores theories on what happens to the parent-child bond when a child is exploited, and offers strategies used by other parents to maintain some sort of daily routine and care for other non-affected family members. It also provides information on accessing specialist support, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and explores temporary accommodation options if it becomes unsafe for your child to remain at home.

Drawing on parents’ firsthand experiences, it also looks at what parents can do to manage their own health, work life and relationships during periods of extreme stress. We hope that it is a useful resource for both parents and practitioners working to keep children safe from sexual exploitation. You can download it above or to order copies by post, please email

The National Working Group have resources relating to CSE that can be accessed by the public.

More helpful information can be found at: Safeguarding Children in the Digital World.