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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Page last updated: 23/05/2018

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of child abuse, which can happen to boys and girls from any background or community. In Essex, the definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) from the Department of Education (DfE, 2017) has been adopted:

"Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs when 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".

This one page process map​ sets out arrangements for CSE in Essex and provides links to appropriate documents for sharing information / referral. For further information about CSE in Essex, please visit the ESCB - CSE​ website. 

The Children's Society

The Children's Society provides specialist support to children and young people aged 8-24 years who are victims of, or at risk of sexual exploitation across Essex. Support is provided with one-to-one counselling aimed at ensuring victims of sexual abuse have their needs met to improve their emotional well-being. Children and young people identified as at risk of sexual abuse can be supported through an eight week therapeutic group work programme.

Referrals are accepted from any agency and/or individual working with a child, young person or family. 


  • ​This report from the ‘Centre of expertise on CSE’ highlights parents’ needs, system challenges, and examples of the latest approaches to supporting parents and their children where sexual exploitation has occurred​
  • ​​Banardo's website Wud U? - an educational tool for teachers and care professionals who interact with young people that might be at risk of sexual exploitation. 
  • CSE Aide Memoire (Essex Police, 2014)
  • CSE Project Manager Blog​ (January 2016)
  • Form CSE1​ (Form CSE1) - This is contained within the CSE Risk Assessment Toolkit and can be used to provide information to Essex Police if you have concerns about a child/young person who may be at risk of or subject to sexual exploitation. This does not replace the referral process to the Family Operations Hub (FOH) for child and protection concerns.
  • The DfE has updated its definition of CSE and produced a guide for those working with children to protect them from child sexual exploitation: Child Sexual Exploitation (DfE, 2017)​.
  • The Home Office website talks about healthy relationships and abuse. Further resources are also available here​.  
  • The Sexual Exploitation of Children: It Couldn't Happen Here, Could It? (Ofsted, 2014) - A thematic inspection commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of local authorities' current response to child sexual exploitation.
  • There is an on-line learning tool for CSE on the ESCB website. This course is aimed at frontline practitioners and their managers. It is expected that all who complete the training will take responsibility for sharing the learning with their colleagues through briefing sessions and team meetings. To register, please access the ESCB website here​.​
  • The Essex CSE Missing Arrangements outlines the operational arrangements made by a wide range of partners across Essex for safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people from CSE and those young people whom regularly go missing from care, home and education. 
  • The CSE Toolbox ​website includes the risk and vulnerability assessment instruments, guidance and training on the use of these instruments and resources to use when working with children, young people, families and carers involved in cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Essex.

CSE Champion Status

To develop the role of the CSE Champion and to support them with the required skills to lead on this important area of work, the ESCB has changed its arrangements for acquiring this role. All new champions are required to meet a set of standards to ensure they have the appropriate skills and support to undertake the role effectively.  These are:


  • To have a sound working knowledge of safeguarding children and have accessed safeguarding children level 2 or 3 training (I would suggest that this is the Designated Lead or Deputy Designated Lead in the school setting)
  • To complete a basic awareness CSE course (online or face to face)
  • To be a NWG member (this is free to organisations in Essex through LSCB Gold membership - further information on the ESCB website
  • To complete the SET CSE Toolbox Online Training Module (to apply for a log-in please go to the ESCB website)
  • To attend at least one CSE Champion Forum each year (this will be required to maintain the CSE Champion status and will contribute to the ongoing training and development of the Designated Lead for Safeguarding / CSE Champion role)