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. (Department for Education, 2017)
In February 2018, a survey was conducted by FACES within faith communities in Luton, on perceptions of CSE, and what needs to be done locally. The results are continuing to help us shape the work we do by ensuring we are listening to the current understanding, needs and desires of our local community.
To view the full findings, click here.
These case studies are voiced by actors, but the accounts are adapted from, and faithful to, survivors’ real experiences.