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Child Sexual Exploitation

Updated Definition of CSE from the DfE- 2017

Following a consultation last year the Department For Education has now issued a new definition of CSE and a new guide for practitioners.

Revised 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 new working together advice on CSE and the new definition can be found here:

A progress report detailing the Government’s work in this area along with forward commitment can be found here:

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Risks, Threats and Vulnerabilities Tier 1 Checklist

This Checklist is for frontline practitioners who are not experienced at undertaking assessments, and provides a list of possible risk indicators which may be helpful in identifying safeguarding concerns.  This Checklist should then form part of a discussion with your Safeguarding lead to decide on what actions will be taken by your organisation.   It is not intended to replace the referral form either to Specialists Childrens Services or Early Help, but may be used to support a referral, if appropriate.

CSE Intelligence Form

Where a CSE concern has been identified, this form is to be used to provide intelligence to the police in order to obtain a better understanding of local CSE concerns and issues. On completion the form is to be submitted to the Multi-Agency Child Sexual Exploitation Team (CSET) .


CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account.

Operation Willow Posters

Kent has recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.  The posters below, for a range of settings, promote this campaign including warning signs and contact details.