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.

The Working Together Guidance 2009 Supplementary Guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation outlines how organisations and individuals should work together to protect young people from sexual exploitation.

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.

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. This document provides an overview of the key learning points from those reviews.

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.


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

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 can you email the ESCB requesting membership, please ensure you provide your name, designation & agency/organisation, 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.

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

Report child sexual exploitation to the police by dialling 101. If you or a young person you care about is in immediate danger, dial 999.

If you are concerned about a child in Essex call Social Care (Family Operations Hub) on 0345 603 7627 (out of hours 0845 606 1212).

For reporting concerns about on-line sexual exploitation

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 & Missing Training Packages

ESCB have developed packages for team meetings / staff development.

Access the CSE and Missing Basic Awareness Packages on the Learning & Development page  

Alison's Story

A young person in Essex shares their experiences of child sexual exploitation. 

Read the case study here


Radicalisation Helpline

The NSPCC has launched a helpline to support adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism. Telephone: 0808 800 5000