Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Trafficking & Missing
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.
Breck’s Last Game, a short film about a 14-year-old boy who was murdered by a man he met on a gaming site, has now been made available online here.
“The LSCB is pleased to be supporting the National CSE Awareness Day taking place on Monday 18th March, led by the National Working Group for CSE (NWG). The LSCB is encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance approach to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. CSE can affect any child including boys” Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of Leicester LSCB.
The aim of the day is to highlight the issues surrounding child sexual and criminal exploitation. As part of this, partners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being encouraged to wear red for the day this year and once again, to write a personal pledge on their hands to show support for the ‘Helping Hands’ campaign and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay19
Please see the Key Messages for the CSE Awareness Day here.
Further information for the CSE Awareness Day 2019 can be found here.
Kayleigh's Love Story
Visit the Leicestershire Police's website to access the police news item on the film 'Kayleigh's Love Story' made to warn children of online grooming.
For more information on online grooming, visit our online grooming page.
Chelsea's Choice - Tour for Autumn 2017
This hard hitting production raises awareness of CSE, what makes a healthy relationship and how to stay safe on the internet. Chelsea's Choice is for audiences from 12 years of age and is also very effective in raising awareness in adults. The play will tour Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland again during autumn 2017. The play is 50 minutes long followed by a 20-30 minute plenary session exploring issues raised in the play.
Please visit our Chelsea's Choice page for more information.
New definition of CSE - March 2017
The revised definition for Child Sexual Exploitation in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 is:
“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.”
Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE 2017)
Published by the DfE on 16th February 2016, Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE 2017) is non-statutory advice to help practitioners to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response. This advice includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators. This document replaces Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation. (DfE 2009)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Information Sharing Form
The CSE information sharing form and process has been revised.
This process should not be used to report concerns that a child may be at risk of harm and/or immediate danger. The process for reporting concerns about a specific child can be found on the LSCB’s website: http://www.lcitylscb.org/what-to-do-if-you-are-concerned-about-a-child/
This process should be used to share non-urgent information which you believe may be connected to child sexual exploitation (CSE).
All professionals and volunteers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have a duty to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation including passing on any non-urgent information.
This information is very important and will help the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Multi-agency CSE Team build intelligence about child sexual exploitation and enable us to better target the response to prevent and disrupt CSE. The information you share may include:
Vehicle details including registration numbers, make, model and colour
Details or descriptions of suspected perpetrators – names, phone numbers, addresses
Details of unusual or regular callers to a children’s home
Third party information e.g. rumours or concerns about people or locations
To make it easier for you to pass on this type of information to the Multi-agency CSE Team, Leicestershire Police has created a new information sharing form.
The form can be accessed online https://leics.police.uk/contact/community-partnership-information
You can also make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers from this page too.
CSE Risk Assessment Tool
CSE Multi-Agency Practice Guidance & Procedures
The LLR LSCB CSE multi agency CSE guidance for staff has been updated.
The procedures includes the new LLR Multi-Agency CSE Team (MACSE) Operating Protocol.
National CSE Guidance that supplements Working Together to Safeguard Children may also be relevant to practitioners.
National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
The Governments National Referral Mechanism guidance, and referral and assessment forms, should be used to report potential victims of human trafficking.
Safeguarding Trafficked Children
Training information for professionals regarding CSE training is available on the Multi-agency safeguarding learning programme.
A special edition of the LSCB Safeguarding Information & Research Digest (2014) provides a definition of CSE in gangs and groups, the 13 patterns of CSE and warning signs to identify children & young people at risk or involved in CSE.
Please visit Barnardo's, for information for parents, young people and practitioners on the signs of child sexual exploitation and how to keep safe
PACE - Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation
"PACE believes parents are, and should be valued as, key players and partners in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation outside the family." To find out more visit the PACE website
Could you spot the signs?
The Campaign Report summarises the activities and outcomes of the ‘Could you spot the signs?’ child sexual exploitation awareness campaign. It was developed by the two local safeguarding children boards for Leicestershire, Rutland and Leicester through 2013/14.
The following resource includes the introductory letter, CSE leaflets, the incident and record log and guidance for hoteliers and drivers.
The Child Sexual Exploitation/Trafficking subgroup was created in partnership across Leicester and Leicestershire and Rutland LSCBs to help tackle CSE issues locally. Please note that this subgroup has been replaced by a joint Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CSE Hub