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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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There is no greater priority for Northamptonshire Police than tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) and bringing offenders to justice. It is also a national policing priority.

Child sexual exploitation is a major child protection issue across the UK and tackling it is a national policing priority.

Worried a child may be at risk? Report it now!

The Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation (RISE) unit is the multi-agency team which exists to prevent and protect young people from CSE and prosecute offenders. RISE includes police officers, CAN, youth workers, Children’s Social Care workers and a professional within health and education.

Tackling CSE and bringing offenders to justice is a priority for Northamptonshire Police. We are now operating with a deeper understanding of child sexual exploitation and we follow national best practice.

We treat CSE with the utmost sensitivity and would urge anyone who has concerns about a child who could be at risk to report it.

The Rise Team

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About RISE (Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation)

This is the team that exists to prevent child sexual exploitation, protect children and prosecute offenders.

The team consists of specialist police officers, children’s social care specialist support workers, a safeguarding nurse and CAN, which tackles drug and alcohol addiction which can be prevalent in CSE victims.

What Is Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation of children and young people under the age of 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where the young person (or third person/s) 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 acts.

Child Sexual Exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post images on the internet/ mobile phones without immediate payment or gain.

Advice for Children and Young People

It is not OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to. Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right – tell someone.


  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
  • Find someone you can trust to talk to – it doesn’t matter the role they’re in or job they do but 
whether you like them as a person. 

  • You could call or text the free 116 000 helpline to talk to someone anonymously 24/7
  • You could call the police if things get really bad.
  • You can send an e-mail for free; from a library or something – you can email 116000@missingpeople.org.uk to #SaySomething

“Even though you might think that there’s nothing left or nowhere to go or nothing good will happen. It’s not true. Everything will be ok”
- Young Person

“Don’t ever think no one will believe you. Someone will believe you and trust you.”
- Young Person

Helping Your Child to Stay Safe Online

Where does your child go online? Learn how you can protect your child’s devices (laptop, mobile, tablet, games console and TV) when they are at home:

For information and help regarding smartphone and tablet parental controls:


Learn about content control on Internet from mobiles:



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