Child Sexual Exploitation

What is it?

Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.

What are the signs?

• going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late

• skipping school or being disruptive in class

• appearing with unexplained gifts or possessions that can’t be accounted for

• experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection

• having mood swings and changes in temperament

• using drugs and/or alcohol

• displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour, such as over-familiarity with strangers, dressing in a sexualised manner or sending sexualised images by mobile phone("sexting")

• They may also show signs of unexplained physical harm, such as bruising and cigarette burns

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA's)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors are trained specialists who provide practical and emotional support and are independent from statutory agencies such as Police and Social Care. ISVAs are there to help victims understand what their options are, their legal rights and what services are available to them. They help victims understand how the criminal justice process works, and will explain things, such as what will happen if the crime reported to the police, and the importance and process of forensic DNA retrieval.

How to report it?

In an emergency situation, always dial 999. To report a crime in any other circumstances, contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively you can contact any of the organisations below.

Commissioned Provider

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides powers for the Police and Crime Commissioner to award grants to any organisation or body he considers will support the community safety priorities within his police and crime plan, such as tackling drugs and crime, reducing re-offending and providing support for victims and witnesses.

Safe and Sound

As from the 1st of April 2016 Safe and Sound will be the commissioned provider of victim services for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Derbyshire. This service will provide emotional and practical support and care directly to children, young people and families affected or at risk of CSE. The service will also provide independent sexual violence advisors (ISVA) specifically trained to work with victims of recent and historic serious sexual crimes.

01332 362 120


The NSPCC is designed to provide support and guidance for children and young adults, on a wide range of topic areas.


ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. The service designed to provide support and guidance for children and young adults, on a wide range of topic areas. If you are a child or young adult and wish to talk confidentially about any issues please see the conatct details below.


CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) provides advice about staying safe online for both children and parents, and allows victims to report any online behaviour they are uncomfortable with.


 SV2 (Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence) offers a wide range of support for both recent and historical victims of sexual violence which include counselling, therapy and an independent advocacy service.

Derbyshire LGBT+

The group is Derbyshire's only LGBT specific support service for anyone who is LGBTor anyone who is having issues with their sexual identity or gender identity. They also provide services for Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Abuse.

SAIL Derbyshire

SAIL is a registered charity, established in 1992, based in Chesterfield. We offer free, specialist counselling, drama therapy, art therapy and other complimentary therapies for adults aged 18 and over in Derbyshire who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, incest or sexual violence.

We have peer groups and a move on group for those who have completed counselling.

Sail counselling is delivered in locations across the County, service users do not have to travel to Chesterfield to access this.

Call our free helpline for support. Open 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays 4pm - 8pm and Thursdays 10am - 4pm


Barnardo’s is the largest provider of child sexual exploitation support services in the UK. Staffed by qualified professionals, these services provide a safe and confidential environment where young people can go for help, advice and support. Use the site to search for services in your local area.