Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Exploitation (CSE) is a form of abuse which has been under-reported and has largely remained undetected across the UK. It is clear from research that children are at risk of sexual exploitation in all geographical areas, including the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

pdf icon Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol [856kb]

This page outlines the delimiting of CSE, the warning signs and how to refer if you have concerns.  For more detailed information the operating protocol for services in the Bailiwick can be downloaded from the link above.


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 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.

(HM Government, 2009)


To view the Islands Child Protection Committee Guidance on this subject, please click onto the link below:

Child Sexual Exploitation