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Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) continues to have a high profile in the media, particularly with the recent publication of the Independent Enquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham. The report estimates that there were approximately 1400 children who were sexually exploited in Rotherham over a period of 16 years. The report clearly highlights the impact of CSE on the victims:

‘The impact of sexual exploitation on the lives of young victims has been absolutely devastating, not just when they were being abused, but for many years afterwards.’

We know from national data, that whilst most young people who are being sexually exploited are aged between 13 and 15, some are considerably younger than this. Barnardo’s has, with justification, asserted that CSE is the biggest child protection issue for the over 10s in this country.

LSCB procedures for CSE (link opens in new tab or page) can be found on the LSCB website.

Key messages from research on child sexual exploitationProfessionals in school settings (June 2017): This briefing paper is for all professionals working in schools. It brings together key messages from research on child sexual exploitation (CSE) with implications for practice and the allocation of school budgets. It should be read in conjunction with the DfE guidance for professionals (Feb 2017) 


After CSE Films: Supporting children and families without traumatic imagery – Practitioner resource and guide: This guide is a free and accessible collection of ideas and advice for practitioners working in child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse. This guide for practitioners provides valid alternatives to the use of CSE films in practice; both in one-to-one work and in school work with large groups of children.

Before using any film resources, please read the After CSE Films guide above in order to reduce the risk of traumatising young people.

Online child exploitation and abuse resources: NCA-CEOP have launched a website to support professionals across the children’s workforce to deliver education and raise awareness of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. The website includes: a searchable resource library: guidance area: and information about training opportunities.

Exploited is an education resource from CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme. It educates young people to identify features of an exploitative friendship or relationship in contrast with the development of a healthy relationship, and gives them clear information about how to report abuse and access support.

This YouTube clip, featuring Lucy Fallon (Coronation Street),  gives advice on how to spot the signs of grooming and how to get support if you’re worried that you or a friend are being groomed.

Loudmouth Theatre in Education Company have developed ‘Working for Marcus’, a powerful theatre in education programme on child sexual exploitation (CSE) including online sexual exploitation and abuse by individuals, organised groups or gangs. The programme includes workshops and lesson plans to provide a strong educational base that is informed by the research based drama.

The University of Bedfordshire have produced a series of short films to inform professionals about CSE.

Parents Against Sexual Exploitation (PACE) have produced an online interactive package for parents on the signs of child sexual exploitation. This free tool is designed to equip parents with the information and knowledge to safeguard children from this abuse. Although the course is aimed at parents, safeguarding professionals will also find this e-learning training course a valuable source of introductory information on what child sexual exploitation is, the impacts of this abuse on families and how to take action in reporting or stopping sexual exploitation.