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What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse, when a young person is used by being made or tricked into doing something sexual sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.


Advice for young people about staying safe.




Indecent Images - Know the Law


Do you know the law on making or sharing indecent images of people under 18 years-old?


The Home Office has published guidance to help you understand: Indecent images of children: guidance for young people

You can also watch short films that demonstrate the serious harm that viewing indecent images of children can cause on the above link.


Do you know the law on making or sharing indecent images of people under 18 years-old?

Taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent images and pseudo-photographs of people under 18 is illegal. It doesn’t matter how old they look, looking at indecent images of under 18s is illegal. Remember, those images are of real children and young people, and viewing them causes further harm.


What do these terms mean?


Indecent – can include penetrative and non-penetrative sexual activity


Pseudo-photograph - an image made by computer-graphics or otherwise, which appears to be a photograph. This can include photos, videos, tracings of a photo or data that can converted into a photograph


Making’ - includes opening, accessing, downloading and storing online content. For example:


Sharing’ - includes sending on an email, offering on a file sharing platform, uploading to a site that other people have access to, and possessing with a view to distribute.


What is an example of sharing or making an indecent image?


What should you do if you come across indecent images?

If you stumble across indecent images of children under 18 online, you can help by reporting it to the Internet Watch Foundation.



Do you need help and support?

If you have been affected by any of these issues, more information and support can be found at the following organisations:

Marie Collins Foundation Steering clear of Indecent Images of Children – helping young men to stay safe online - This campaign aims to protect victims from online sexual abuse by guiding young men away from illegal content and driving awareness of the law so they can navigate their online environment safely and legally.


Online Safety


As technology improves, the internet provides new challenges as well as new opportunities. Rather than blocking, filtering, and avoiding online services because of potential risks, the LSCB works to help children and young people avoid online exploitation, abuse or bullying. Some of the risky things you may come across online are:


More information about online safety from the ESCB.


Find out how to keep yourself safe online - Think U Know


Steering clear of indecent images online - Helping young men to stay safe online 




Essex Young People Drug and Alcohol Service

Disrespect Nobody

Think U Know

Project Consent

Barnardos - Real Love Rocks

Essex Police video featuring Junior Smart (St Giles Trust) - talks about his experience leaving a gang. 


Say no to nudes

If you’ve ever been asked to send photos of yourself that you’re not comfortable with, and you don’t know how to respond, there’s a great new app to help. Zipit has a load of images and animations which you can send in response to deal with a situation before it gets out of hand, and it stops you being put in an awkward position. Check out Molly’s video on how to handle the pressure of being asked for nudes.


Further advice and support

Think you or a friend might have been sexually exploited?

Want some advice or someone to talk to? 

It’s ok to talk to someone. Exploitation is never your fault, even if you went along with things at first. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate children and young people. It is not ok for someone to expect you or your friends to do things that you don’t want to. If things don’t feel right then speak to someone about it. 

Further advice and support around CSE can be accessed on the Getting Help page