A parent’s guide to coping with child sexual exploitation
This booklet is written for parents whose children are being sexually exploited by an individual or group of adults outside of the family unit. It was written in consultation with parents who have witnessed the sexual exploitation of their own daughters or sons. Although every parent’s situation is unique, we hope that this information can be interpreted in a way that is useful to you, and helps you to remain positive.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is sustained sexual abuse and threatened or actual violence against children. It involves serious crimes and should be reported to the police. The Pace publication Working with the Police [Pace: 2014] details how parents can assist police investigations. This guide is more concerned about how you, the parent, copes with the day-to-day stress of witnessing sexual exploitation and how to maintain a job, run a home, manage finances and look after your whole family.