What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) 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 activities.

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

In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person’s limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.

In safeguarding children, we cannot afford to be complacent – Child Sexual Exploitation is taking place in Harrow.  Anyone in Harrow working with children, young people and vulnerable young adults should know what the signs are, who is more at risk and how to seek appropriate support or make a referral. We now have a FREE E-learning tool to support this awareness raising.

Material that shows or describes child sexual abuse or other offences against children is illegal under Australian laws.

It is an offence to:

  • access, possess, distribute, produce, advertise or make available child pornography or child abuse material
  • procure, groom or engage in sexual activity with a person under 16 years of age, or
  • send indecent communication to a person under 16 years of age.


Online Child Protection form

This report should be used for reporting concerns about inappropriate behaviour that you find online. For example, adults who you believe are acting inappropriately with or towards a child or seeking a child for sex. These reports go directly to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

In order to proceed you will be required to enter your name, age and contact details and you must agree to the content of the report being shared with other law enforcement agencies.

If you would prefer not to provide your details, you can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling the toll free number 1800 333 000.

To report content found online such as images of children that you find disturbing, or content that you feel is offensive or prohibited, please contact the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

If you know about a child who is in immediate danger, risk or you require an urgent response, you must call 000 or your local police.

How to report suspicious behaviour online

Online suspicious behaviour may involve a person suspected of being an adult who has been having a conversation with a child online and is saying and doing inappropriate things or trying to meet up with the child in the real world. Young persons may also be lured into revealing personal information or images online.

Children, as well as adults acting on behalf of children, can report abuse or illegal activity online by using our online child sex exploitation form or by clicking on the “Report Abuse” button on the ThinkUKnow or VGT websites.

Your report will go directly to the AFP and contact may then be made with you.

Do not use this reporting form to report emergencies or concerns which require a high priority response, such as a child who is in immediate danger or risk. In those cases call 000, Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or your local police station.

Child Sex-Exploitation Form (AFP)


Link: //forms.afp.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0013/26014/online-child-sex-exploitation-report-form.pdf


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Victor van der Meer

Founder & Director of My Rainbow Net Pty. Ltd.

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