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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation 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 in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or 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.

Supporting young people to take down nudes shared online

When a young person loses control of a nude image of themselves, it can be very distressing. It’s important that young people don’t feel judged when this happens and you should reassure them that they haven’t done anything wrong. You should also follow your organisation’s child protection procedures.

You can also help a young person aged under 18 to use the Report Remove tool to see if the image or video can be taken down, and Childline can provide further support. Find out more in the video below. (NSPCC)

For more information you can download this Report Remove information for professionals leaflet

You could also watch this learning podcast from the NSPCC which goes in to more detail about Report Remove, how to use it, and how to support young people through the process: