Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.

Key Facts:

  • Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation
  • The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is everybody’s business
  • Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, gender or background

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE by encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, and children forming inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers.

What can you do to support National CSE Awareness Day?

  1. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CSEDay16, #HelpingHands, #StandAgainstCSE. This will help raise awareness of CSE nationwide, reaching a network of friends, family and social group.
  2. Help raise awareness of Child Sexual Awareness by downloading free posters, web banners and logos from  Other resources can also be purchased from the online shop.
  3. Raise awareness of reporting channels: Via Sussex Police (quote Operation Kite), the free Missing People text/phone line 116000, or


Download print/web enabled logos and posters are available on the dedicated NWG Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day website here.

The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has a wealth of information targeted specifically for professionals, parents and young people (of all ages) presented in an accessible format.  Think You Know is their latest campaign with information about how to stay safe when accessing websites, mobile and new technology. For more information go to

“Can you See It” Peer on Peer CSE - a video for professionals can be found here.

A short film by AlterEgo introducing the 'Chelsea’s Choice' play which has been performed in secondary schools across West Sussex can be found here.

More information can be found on the Sussex Police website here.