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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) 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.

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is a form of child abuse and violence against women.

On 31st October 2015 a new mandatory reporting duty for FGM was introduced via the Serious Crime Act 2015, following a public consultation. The duty requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police.

Female Genital Mutilation Mandatory Reporting (Home Office & DfE Oct 2015)

For advice and guidance please contact the NSPCC FGM Helpline 0800 0283550

The Child Sexual Exploitation Team (CSET) is a multiagency team covering Kent and Medway made up of partners from Kent Police, Kent and Medway Specialist Children’s Services, Education and Young People’s Services and health services. To contact them please phone: 101 and ask for the CSE Team or Operation Willow or email: