Child Sexual Exploitation


Safeguarding Children and Young People From Child Sexual Exploitation

Protocol and Practitioner Guidance
See section 5.7a of the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding Children Procedures manual.

Statutory definition of Child Sexual Exploitation

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.

The full definition and a complete guide for safeguarding practitioners can be found on the following link to the HM Gov. document: Child sexual exploitation - Definition and a guide for practitioners

Kirklees Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy 2016-18

Click here for the CSE Strategy 2016-18


Flowchart and Procedure - Procedures for Professionals if they believe a child is at risk of CSE
If you have any concerns regarding a child in respect of child sexual exploitation please refer to the above flowchart for Kirklees protocol. Updated 20/01/2016

West Yorkshire Risk Identification Tool

Professionals who have information or intelligence relating to sexual exploitation please complete the information report and send to .This form  is specifically to share information and is not a substitute for the West Yorkshire Risk identification tool.

West Yorkshire Risk Identification Tool should be completed for any child or young person where there are concerns that a child may be at risk of, or being sexually exploited.  Additional factors apply in relation to boys and young men. The completed form must be attached to a referral to any other agency and sent to - Updated on 31/05/2016

For all other enquiries contact the integrated HUB at Dewsbury Police Station on Tel: 01924 431 999 or email

Kayleighs Love Story

Kayleigh's Love Story is as a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about the dangers of speaking to people they don't know online.

The film highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children now and in the future and to stop another family losing a child in this way. 

Child Sexual Exploitation Campaign in Kirklees

A joint campaign between West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. To download a copy of the poster click here

Know the Signs - Information and Resources for Professionals as part of West Yorkshire Police Campaign for Child Sexual Exploitation.  Please follow link http.// 


Crimestoppers Campaigns - What are the warning signs of CSE? Click here

Licensing Poster Campaign
Hotel leaflet - Male
Hotel leaflet - Female
Licensed Venues

'Say Something': New Anonymous Service For Young People To Report Sexual Abuse 
Say Something’ helpline: Call or Text 116000    
Facebook: /SaySomething
Twitter: @SaySomethingIf

Kirklees Summary of Development in Child Exploitation Policy
This paper provides an overview of key developments in this area and tools that may assist Local Safeguarding Children Boards to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation.
It includes key responsibilities for LSCBs, key developments from April 2009 to August 2014 and provides a comparison of key documents relating to child sexual explotation.

National Guidance and Information on Child Sexual Exploitation

DfE - What To Do If You Suspect A Child Is Being Sexually Exploited.  DfE: A Step by Step Guide for Frontline Practitioners.  
This step-by-step guide complements, and should be read  in conjunction with, the Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation1 statutory guidance published in 2009. It is intended for frontline practitioners in the statutory and voluntary and community sectors (VCS). It outlines the actions they should take, as a minimum, if they suspect that a child they are in contact with is being sexually exploited. 

NWG Network - The NWG is a Charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 2500 practitioners who disseminate our information down through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK.

Barnardo's - Do you work with Young People. Top Tips to Keep Safe.
As a professional steps you can take to help protect young people

Barnardo's - Spot the signs

Sexual exploitation affects thousands of children and young people every year. By knowing the tell-tale signs, we can all play an important role in reducing that number.

Look out for:

Barnardo’s has published a leaflet for professionals across the UK. Click here to view the leaflet.

Barnardo’s has also published leaflets for parents, and young people across the UK.

Click here to view the leaflet for children

Click here to view the leaflet for parents

NSPCC - three short animations which deal with subject of sexual exploitation.
Available on YouTube.  The animations attempt to clarify the complex issues involved and offer starting points for discussion with young people who might be experiencing similar problems.
Source: YouTube: Jay 
Further information: 
My story is real
When someone cares about you

PACE - Support to parents
Pace believes parents should be valued as key partners in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation.

BLAST Project - This is a specialist CSE service for boys and young men
Tel: 0113 2444209 / 07921 372 896 / 07407 761 569

Old enough To Know Better? Why sexually exploited older teenagers are being overlooked

Click here to access a new set of resources - Breaking Through Moving on From CSE

Who are you really talking to campaign (West Yorkshire Police)

A4 Poster boy - this happens to boys too
A4 Poster girl


Poster for Communities 

 Digital Banner - download and share

 What happens next - YouTube clip

Digital dangers - The impact of technology on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people - Posted on 27/11/2015

Practice Guide - Supporting Professionals to meet the needs of Young People with learning disabilities who experience, or who are at risk of, child sexual exploitation. Updated on 22/01/2016

Whistleblowing advice line

Whistleblowing Advice Line picture

If you're a professional with concerns over how child protection issues are being handled in your own or another organisation, you can talk to us anonymously.

0800 028 0285


New Thinkuknow parents and carers campaign launches

CEOP has launched a new campaign around the awareness of getting parents and carers to use social media and the interent to talk about sex and relationships with their children.

There is a link to a short video below  and also a page of information for parents at :


Government Response to Rotherham Concerns

Highlights include:

Whistleblowing National Portal

National Taskforce

Extension to the new "wilful neglect"offence

Click here to read the full report


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