Child Sexual Exploitation

What is child sexual abuse through exploitation?

This is a form of  sexual abuse, in which a child/young person is manipulated or forced into taking part in a sexual act. The abuser may physically or verbally threaten or be violent towards them. They will manipulate, groom and try to isolate the child/young person from friends and family. The abuser may control a child/young person through physical or psychological means or through the use of drugs for a sexual purpose. The child/young person may think that their abuser is their friend, or even their boyfriend or girlfriend.

Please click here for: Pan Bedfordshire CSE Strategy 2018 to 2020 which explains the approach to helping children and young people at risk.

A Practitoners Guide to tackling CSE has been developed to help partners across Bedfordshire to indentify and respond to concerns of Child Sexual Exploitation and support the children and young people they are working with.

An operating protocol sets out the processes of the countywide Child Sexual Exploitation Group (CSEG). This document details the responsibilities of all parties involved in the CSEG, their accountability and local reporting structures. A risk assessment tool helps to make a risk assessment and helps those working with children and young people who may be at risk to consider the necessary information to assess and take appropriate action. 

This leaflet provides information on how to identify children at risk. Please also see this useful video regarding identification of vulnerable young people in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation.

If the Intelligence form is required please click here: Multi-Agency Information Submission Form. The following guidance is available to help complete the form.

A CSE Disruption Toolkit produced by the Home Office along with a 3 Minute Briefing which has also been developed for use by local multi-agency partners.

Further local information and resources are also available on the Bedfordshire Against CSE website

CBSCB are members of the National Working Group CSE Network and as such CBSCB Business Unit are able to provide an individual login to the restricted members area for staff members who are in relevant roles on request from their agency's member of the CBSCB Strategic Board.

National Guidance and resources are listed below:

CSE Training:

For access to Training courses click here to access the LSCB course catalogue as it is updated daily and can be downloaded as a PDF if needed.  

University of Bedfordshire films and resources on Child Sexual Exploitation

These 12 films are aimed at anyone who wants to access learning from the latest research on child sexual exploitation (CSE), in a short accessible form. Each film is accompanied by a short briefing document that outlines the evidence in more detail, with references and links to the original research, and questions for reflection A broad range of CSE themes are covered. Please click here: University of Bedfordshire films and resources

NHS Choices has provided a short video, click here: Short video by NHS Choices on CSE

For your informationPress Release from Barnados dated 10 September 2015

Barnados provide advice regarding teenage dating and healthy and safe relationships: Please click here 

Webinars and Briefings:

Please see below webinars which have been produced by the University of Bedfordshire to further support CSE


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