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Safeguarding children and young people

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that can affect any child/young person from any social or ethnic background.

How do I know CSE is happening?

CSE can take a variety of forms including:

  • online exploitation;
  • sexual exploitation at house parties;
  • the movement of young people for the purpose of sexual exploitation;
  • child abuse images, eg asking a young person to send indecent images of themselves.

There is no typical victim of child sexual exploitation. However, there are warning signs that may indicate something is wrong.

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) works to ensure that children and young people in Northern Ireland are kept safe and to raise awareness of CSE.

More information on child sexual exploitation and who you can talk to if you are concerned can be found on the SBNI’s website.

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