The NSPCC describe child sexual exploitation as a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.
Children or young people may be tricked into believing they're in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.
Child sexual exploitation has a devastating impact on children, young people and their families. It is largely a hidden crime and raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing it and stopping it early when it does happen.
South Staffordshire Council plays a crucial role in safeguarding children, including tackling child sexual exploitation. However, they cannot do this alone. They need the co-operation of the wider community and partner agencies.