On 12 February 2016 the Government consulted on revising the current definition of child sexual exploitation. The consultation closed on 11 March 2016 and the document published today, provides a summary of the responses to the consultation document.
- the background to the consultation
- a summary of the responses received
- the government’s plans following the consultation
- and sets out a new, revised definition of child sexual exploitation as follows:
Child sexual exploitation 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.