Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The Bexley Safeguarding Children Board requires all agencies dealing with children to always ask the question, ‘Why is this child not at risk of CSE?’ in their assessment protocols and strategic documents.

CSE is an area of great national and local concern in the safeguarding of children. The BSCB has been involved in developing the multi agency response both in Bexley and with our neighbouring authorities in London and Kent.


18 March has been designated as National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, organised by the National Working Group on CSE – see the link below:

National CSE Awareness Day

Barnardos has published a report (43 pages) on how child sexual exploitation can affect all children, regardless of their gender identity, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, faith or economic background. The report can be downloaded here: It’s not on the radar. The hidden diversity of children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation in England (March 2016)

The NSPCC have produced a video - available on YouTube: NSPCC - the story of Jay (YouTube link)


See below for an excellent short video aimed at professionals about victim blaming language:

Victim blaming video (Vimeo link)



There is a useful website here: www.itsnotokay.co.uk

For NHS health staff see: Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation



An important new video on CSE has been produced by the NWG Network, Barnardos and The Metropolitan Police: YouTube link (April 2015).

Child sexual exploitation: definition and guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a revised definition of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and a guide for practitioners and managers. (February 2017)

Advice for practitioners working with children includes: a definition of CSE; potential indicators of CSE; how children are sexually exploited; and how sexual exploitation affects children. Guidance for managers and leaders includes: prevention, educating practitioners, educating children and young people, and educating parents and carers.

The DfE has also published some useful annexes to the guidance. Annex A covers adolescent development and includes: transitions; relationships; key risks and responses. Annex B is a guide to disruption orders and legislation setting out examples of disruption measures, civil powers and criminal offences which may be used by practitioners.

The document is available here: Child sexual exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners

Strategies and Procedures

The BSCB is signed up to the Pan-London Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol, originally published by the Met Police in February 2014 and revised March 2015.

Pan-London Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol March 2015

The CSE section of the London Child Protection Procedures was revised on 31 March 2016, and is available here: London CPP CSE Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation

Bexley Children's Social Care and Bexley Borough Police have developed a Joint Protocol on CSE. The is available here: Bexley Joint Operating Procedures and Practice Guidance on Missing from Home, Care & Education and Child Sexual Exploitation. (November 2016)

If you suspect that a child is being sexually exploited you MUST firstly contact Children's Social Care (CSC) on 0208 303 7777. For more information see the Are you worried about a child? page.

Operation Makesafe

In May 2015, the Metropolitan Police launched Operation MakeSafe in Bexley. This is an important project being rolled out across London to support hoteliers, taxi drivers and licensed premises to be the eyes and ears of the community and report where there are suspicions a child may be being exploited.

The Police Borough commander, a representative from Barnardo's, the Leader of Bexley Council, and senior representatives from Bexley Children's Services were present at Bexley Civic Offices to hear the background to Operation MakeSafe and heard some powerful messages. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Teresa O'Neill stated: "Every child in Bexley deserves to be safe - it is all of our responsibilities."

For more information see here: Metropolitan Police Operation MakeSafe webpage.

CEOP video on Child Sexual Exploitation - Can you recognise the signs?

CEOP CSE / Positive relationships clip

The report on CSE in Rotherham, published August 2014, is available to download here: Rotherham CSE report

The government published a response in March 2015: Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

A guide for frontline Health staff produced in South Yorkshire has some very useful information: Frontline Health Staff Pocket Guide