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The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

Child sexual exploitation

If a child is in immediate danger please call 999

What it is

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse. It occurs where anyone under the age of 18 is persuaded, coerced or forced into sexual activity in exchange for, amongst other things, money, drugs/alcohol, gifts, affection or status. Consent is irrelevant, even where a child may believe they are voluntarily engaging in sexual activity with the person who is exploiting them. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact and may occur online.

In all CSE cases, persons exploiting the child/young person have power over them in several ways including their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources.

Violence, forcing, bullying and intimidation are common grooming behaviours used to persuade vulnerable people to partake in activities.

What to do if you are worried?

If you think your child or another child may be at risk of sexual exploitation or is being sexually exploited you must contact:

Barnet MASH Team on 020 8359 4066 or email: mash@barnet.gov.uk

If the matter requires urgent attention you should contact the police on 999. 

Helpful links

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation

CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. 

Safe and Sound have guides for parents and carers to keep children and young people safe and sound from sexual exploitation. 


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