Revised statutory definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Earlier this week the new government definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) was launched along with new “Working together” advice on CSE.


The revised definition is detailed below: 


Revised statutory definition of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It 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 (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) 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.


The new “Working together” advice on CSE and the new definition can be found here:


A progress report detailing the government’s work in this area along with forward commitment can be found here:


Here is a link to the extended version of the document that Bedfordshire University wrote with Research in Practice which unpacks some of the issues in greater depth:


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