What is child sexual exploitation?
The age of consent (the age at which it is legal to have sex) is 16 for everyone in the UK. Under the age of 16 any sort of sexual touching is illegal.
It is illegal to take, show or distribute indecent photographs of children or to pay or arrange for sexual services from children.
It is also against the law if someone in a position of trust (such as a teacher) has sex with a person under 18 that they have responsibility for.
Child sexual exploitation is when people use the power they have over young people to sexually abuse them. Their power may result from a difference in age, gender, intellect, strength, money or other resources.
You can access the NHS Choices page on ’How to spot child sexual exploitation here.