CSE Definition & Guidance

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 34 states 'governments must protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation'. Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 places a duty on key organisations to ensure that they work together to improve the wellbeing of children. 

Following a national consultation in 2016, the government has now agreed and published a new definition and guidance for CSE. This advice is non-statutory, and has been produced to help practitioners, local leaders and decision makers who work with children and families to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response. This includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators.

This advice replaces the 2009 guidance. It should be read alongside Working Together to Safeguard Children (most recent updates available on gov.uk) which continues to provide statutory guidance covering the legislative requirements on services to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, including in relation to child sexual exploitation. This document provides access to consultation responses and the new definition.

The Department of Education coordinating the cross government Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan published by the government in 2011 with progress report in 2012, brings together a range of national and local partners to protect children from this previously hidden form of abuse. A further progress report was published in February 2017


Southend, Essex & Thurrock: Key Learning Reviews

Following national concerns raised about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) LSCB partner agencies, agreed to conduct internal reviews to investigate whether opportunities to identify CSE, and to assist safeguarding victims, had been appropriately managed. 

An overview of the key learning points from the reviews

Report Concerns

Concerns about child sexual exploitation?: 

Call Police on 101 


If you or a young person you care about is in immediate danger: 

Dial 999


Concerned about a child in Essex? Call Family Operations Hub (Social Care): 

0345 603 7627 or 0845 606 1212 (out of hours)


To report anonymously, call: 


Online sexual exploitation:


NSPCC Radicalisation Helpline

Telephone: 0808 800 5000

CSE Toolbox

For professionals who work with children, young people and families, when they have concerns about child sexual exploitation

(This includes access to the CSE Risk & Vulnerabilities Assessment)

CSE Basic Awareness & Missing Training Packages

ESCB have developed these for delivering in team meetings / staff development sessions by the designated CSE champion or safeguarding lead.

Access the packages on the CSE Learning & Development page. 

Child Sexual Exploitation Training
Manage

ESCB are offering free National Working Group membership to all partners. Find out how to access CSE NWG Gold Membership

In addition, the ESCB offers the following Child Sexual Exploitation training : 

This course is aimed at those people who have been identified by their organisation as the key contact for CSE. Attendees will have a key role within their organisation to raise awareness and disseminate information in relation to CSE. It is expected that all who attend will take responsibility for sharing the learning with their colleagues through briefing sessions and team meetings. There is an expectation that you will have completed a child sexual exploitation basic awareness course. You can access a basic awareness e-learning CSE package via the ESCB website.   

Cost to delegates: Free     

Application process: Before applying for this course you need to have read the ESCB role of the CSE Champion and agree with your line manager that you are going to be the CSE Champion for your organisation. The role can be found here. Delegates will also need to have completed a basic awareness course this can be accessed via ESCB National Working Group (NWG) Gold Membership  

Course Date and Booking Information

Chelmsford

Thursday, 23 February 2017

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

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Venue details will be provided when your place is confirmed.

NB: There is no charge to delegates for these workshops, although there will be a £25 charge for non-attendance


CSE Champions Annual Forums
Following feedback and a review of the CSE Champions networking forums, ESCB are now going to offer CSE Champions the opportunity to attend one forum per year for an update and networking opportunity.Target audience: Anyone who has previously attended CSE Champions training will be invited to attend an annual forum which will be held twice a year in each quadrant.This year’s forums will focus on:
  • Opportunities for further learning locally and nationally
  • Learning from local multi-agency audits
  • Working with boys and young men 
  • Essex arrangements and the local picture

You can book your place on the next round of forums by following the links below, booking for the sessions to be held in November will be released in July. All forums run 9.30am-12.30pm; we will confirm the venue once we have confirmed your place. If you would like to attend the next round of forums please follow the link below:

The next forums will be in late 2017, bookings for these will commence in September 2017.

It is free to attend these forums however a charge of £25 will be applied if you fail to attend without notifying escb.training@essex.gov.uk at least 48 hours in advance. The eight sessions throughout the year will have exactly the same content and although it is beneficial for you to attend a session in the quadrant you work in, it is not essential.

Additional updates and resources will be uploaded onto the ESCB website and you will also be sent the CSE e-bulletin quarterly so please ensure we have your up to date contact details.


CSE & Missing Basic Awareness Packages

ESCB have developed a child sexual exploitation basic awareness package and children missing package that can be delivered in team meetings and staff development sessions by the CSE champion or safeguarding lead.

Each package takes about 20 to 50 minutes to deliver (dependent on if the activities are used), there are facilitator notes suggested activities throughout the presentation.

Child Sexual Exploitation Training
Manage

ESCB are offering free National Working Group membership to all partners. Find out how to access CSE NWG Gold Membership

In addition, the ESCB offers the following Child Sexual Exploitation training : 

This course is aimed at those people who have been identified by their organisation as the key contact for CSE. Attendees will have a key role within their organisation to raise awareness and disseminate information in relation to CSE. It is expected that all who attend will take responsibility for sharing the learning with their colleagues through briefing sessions and team meetings. There is an expectation that you will have completed a child sexual exploitation basic awareness course. You can access a basic awareness e-learning CSE package via the ESCB website.   

Cost to delegates: Free     

Application process: Before applying for this course you need to have read the ESCB role of the CSE Champion and agree with your line manager that you are going to be the CSE Champion for your organisation. The role can be found here. Delegates will also need to have completed a basic awareness course this can be accessed via ESCB National Working Group (NWG) Gold Membership  

Course Date and Booking Information

Chelmsford

Thursday, 23 February 2017

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Click here to book your place

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Click here to book your place

Venue details will be provided when your place is confirmed.

NB: There is no charge to delegates for these workshops, although there will be a £25 charge for non-attendance


CSE Champions Annual Forums
Following feedback and a review of the CSE Champions networking forums, ESCB are now going to offer CSE Champions the opportunity to attend one forum per year for an update and networking opportunity.Target audience: Anyone who has previously attended CSE Champions training will be invited to attend an annual forum which will be held twice a year in each quadrant.This year’s forums will focus on:
  • Opportunities for further learning locally and nationally
  • Learning from local multi-agency audits
  • Working with boys and young men 
  • Essex arrangements and the local picture

You can book your place on the next round of forums by following the links below, booking for the sessions to be held in November will be released in July. All forums run 9.30am-12.30pm; we will confirm the venue once we have confirmed your place. If you would like to attend the next round of forums please follow the link below:

The next forums will be in late 2017, bookings for these will commence in September 2017.

It is free to attend these forums however a charge of £25 will be applied if you fail to attend without notifying escb.training@essex.gov.uk at least 48 hours in advance. The eight sessions throughout the year will have exactly the same content and although it is beneficial for you to attend a session in the quadrant you work in, it is not essential.

Additional updates and resources will be uploaded onto the ESCB website and you will also be sent the CSE e-bulletin quarterly so please ensure we have your up to date contact details.


CSE & Missing Basic Awareness Packages

ESCB have developed a child sexual exploitation basic awareness package and children missing package that can be delivered in team meetings and staff development sessions by the CSE champion or safeguarding lead.

Each package takes about 20 to 50 minutes to deliver (dependent on if the activities are used), there are facilitator notes suggested activities throughout the presentation.

Essex CSE Arrangements

Download and print the CSE 1-Pager guide on the pathways for reporting a concern about a child and/or sharing information about CSE activity in Essex.

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CSE & Missing Arrangements

MACE - meetings and principal contacts

National Working Group (NWG)

Missing Children

Resources for Educational Establishments: CSE School Lesson Plans


The CSE and Missing Arrangements document sets out the processes across Essex that support in the identification of CSE activity, disruption of any known or suspected activity and support to victims. These arrangements are agreed as a means of complementing and strengthening safeguarding procedures and are not to be considered in isolation or as a replacement to Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Child Protection Procedures.

The arrangements are intended as guidance and reference for child protection chairs, agencies and practitioners to ensure that there is clarity and consistency across Essex.

Documents

Essex Child Sexual Exploitation & Missing Arrangements

Essex CSE Arrangements 1-Pager (to print - save as PDF)

SET (Southend, Essex and Thurrock) CSE Toolbox

Information Sharing Statement


MACE meeting dates

North (click to open) 

Chair Part 1: El Mayhew (Service Manager, FO), Part 2: Nicky O’Shaughnessy (Director for Local Delivery - North, FO)

South (click to open) 

Chair Part 1: Tamsyn Basson (Service Manager, FO), Part 2: Russel Breyer (Director for Local Delivery - South, FO)

West (click to open) 

Chair Part 1: Susanna Moorhouse (Service Manager, FO), Part 2: Jenny Boyd (Director for Local Delivery – West, FO)

Mid (click to open) 

Chair Part 1: Gaye Cole (Service Manager, FO), Part 2: Sukriti Sen (Director for Local Delivery - Mid, FO)

MACE Principal Contacts


National Working Group

The NWG (formerly The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People) is a Charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 10 000 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. 

Our Network covers voluntary and statutory services and private companies working in this field. We offer support, advice and raise the profile, provide updates, training, share national developments, influence the development of national and local policy informed by practice

NWG Gold Membership

Essex Safeguarding Children Board are Gold Members of the NWG which allows membership for all agencies and practitioners across Essex. This allows access to further training, research and resources in relation to sexual exploitation.

To become a Gold Member, please email escb@essex.gov.uk requesting membership. Please ensure you provide your name, designation & agency/organisation and email address.  

An agency may submit one request with a list of names and email addresses for their organisation.  

Please be aware that NWG or the ESCB must be updated should the worker leave the organisation in the future so that their membership can be removed.

http://www.nwgnetwork.org/


Young people who run away may be at risk of significant harm whilst away from home or care placement e.g. those who remain missing overnight or for several days, sleeping rough and in contact with people posing a risk to them.  Young people may also only be missing for a short time period and risk may still be significant.

Police will lead efforts to locate children who are missing, working closely with Children’s Social Care when children are missing from care placements. This also applies to children living at home.

When the child is located the Police will carry out an immediate vulnerability check (safe and well) to identify any indications that the young person has suffered harm; where and with whom they have been; and to give them an opportunity to disclose any offending by, or against, them.

Police, Children’s Social Care & any agency involved with a child who has run away/ gone missing will share information and where necessary take action to safeguard or offer support to the child and family.

Find out more about Missing Children


ESCB CSE School Lesson Plans

These lesson plans have been developed by Essex County Council, Family Operations, Involvement Team to support educational establishments to provide structured learning to Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation, including risks online. 

Key Stage 2

The activities have been chosen to support children’s understanding of the Child Sexual Exploitation in an age appropriate manner.The pack includes printable resources from recognised programmes including the Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks programme, NSPCC and CEOP’s Cyber café.  

Download the resources and lesson plan below:

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Relationships
  3. Online Safety and NSPCC presentation
  4. Talking about Feelings
  5. ‘I Didn’t Know’ Pledge

Key Stage 3

The lesson plans are based on the Involvement Teams peer led workshop for young people ‘Having fun or losing Control’. The activities have been chosen to support young people’s understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation and where to get help. The programme has been split into:

  1. Exploring Relationships
  2. CSE Risks On and Off Line
  3. The Grooming Line
  4. Consent
  5. Creating Your School Pledge
Download the lesson pack

Other resources

My Life 4 Schools – free resource by the Children’s Society

Railway children: Runaway Prevention - free resource pack for teachers and youth professionals to educate children & young people on the risks of running away. 


Chelsea's Choice: countywide CSE project