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Child Sexual Exploitation

Sussex Police - CSE Nude Selfie Animations

Sussex Police have created two animations which highlight the consequences of sending nude selfies to raise awareness with children and young people. Sussex Police have provided guidance below relating to their use:

Due to the subject matter of these videos there is always a risk that YouTube would recommend other videos which are inappropriate.

While we can control whether recommendations are shown when our videos are embedded in other webpages we are not able to control this function in YouTube itself.

However, users of YouTube can control what recommendations they see and they can control whether recommendations automatically play.

We would suggest that if showing our videos in public or to school children that you take the above steps to ensure nothing inappropriate appears and that you test this before showing it to a group.

The first video, tells the story of a young woman sharing a nude selfie and who gets blackmailed and exploited.

The second video told from a boyfriend's perspective, tells the story of him sharing a nude selfie of his girlfriend and things spiralling out of control

NHS England #ItCouldHappenToMe Campaign

NHS England North and NHS England National CSE Health Sub-Group in partnership with young people from Northumberland “A Team” and working with Northumberland Youth service have developed a range of materials and information for young people regarding Child Sexual Exploitation.

These excellent resources developed  by the “A Team” demonstrate how co-production with young people is critical in educating  young people about CSE on how to seek advice and support. The resources were launched in December 2016 at the NHS England North Safeguarding Conference and will be showcased at NHS England’s National Safeguarding Conference in April 2017.

The “A team” won a national award for this work at the recent National Working Group (NWG) conference.

The materials can be accessed via

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) .

Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI)

The thematic report from the last round of JTAI has been published and can be downloaded below:

Time to Listen - A joined up response to Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Children

National resources

Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation - GOV.UK

Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Understanding Risk and Vulnerability Report - August 2016


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.