The government defines Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) as below.
- 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.
Slough Borough Council has a dedicated CSE and Trafficking Co-ordinator, a support service called Engage within the young people’s service to work with those at risk or who have experienced exploitation and work alongside other organisations to raise awareness, build resilience in young people and support the work to safeguard missing children.
If you are concerned about any boy or girl under the age of 18 being taken advantage of for a sexual purpose, please check the leaflets below to understand what signs to look out for and where to gain support.
To report concerns you can contact:
- Slough’s first contact team on 01753 875362
- 101 for the police non-emergency line
- Crimestoppers, where you can pass on information anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or on the Crimestoppers website.