A new government definition and working together advice for Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) has been launched in February 2017 for more information and to view the new definition see here.

The WSCB Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Handbook provide guidance and information regarding CSE in order to inform practice and support professionals in identifying levels of risk. In addition, a multi-agency initial screening tool has been developed. This can be completed by any practitioner and is designed to aid you in considering CSE and to inform your assessment of whether a child is vulnerable, at risk of, or maybe experiencing sexual exploitation and abuse. This will then assist you in deciding what type of intervention and supportive action is required for the child or young person.

  Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Handbook

   Initial Screening Tool

   Spot the Signs

  Child Protection and Sexual Exploitation Process

What else can professionals do?

You can promote the #saysomething campaign and raise awareness with young people you work with; there is a free national helpline and text service they can contact with their concerns.

The following posters were produced by the National Working Group (NWG) which has a range of resources for parents and professionals:


Speak to the Emerald Team, your local specialist team

Emerald Team is made up of specialists from children’s social care and the police. They can give you lots of help and advice if you’re worried about someone. They can also provide information and support to parents or local businesses. Call: 01225 716871.

Pocket sized leaflets are available to order for you and your staff or organisation, contact lscb@wiltshire.gov.uk.

You can also read the Wiltshire CSE Partnership Profile, which is intended to set out the extent of CSE and missing children; to help professionals better understand local issues and enable targeting of support and services.

Children with SEND

Children and young people with SEND are at particular risk of exploitation. Helping them to understand about sex and relationships can help keep them safe. Here is a resource list of useful links and other resources that are suitable when working with children and young people with SEND:

   Useful online resources list for supporting young people with learning disabilities with relationships and sex education

   ‘How it is’ (an image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality)

   NSPCC Talk PANTS – Simple conversations to keep your child safe from abuse

County Lines

County lines is the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money.

Following the publication of County Lines guidance last year, the Home Office is now working with partners to raise awareness of county lines. A range of materials have been developed to help statutory and non-statutory staff identify victims and report concerns to protect those exploited through this criminal activity.

Home Office County Lines Guidance

County Lines posters and leaflets

Resources for Private Security

Resources for Taxi and Private Hire

Resources for Bus and Coach Companies

Resources for Train Operating Companies

Resources for Private Landlords and Letting Agents


Other useful advice and guidance around child exploitation and missing children:

Preventing trafficked children going missing: information and advice for professionals

IMPORTANT: If you think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm, or is injured, contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 4560108 (out of hours: 0845 6070 888), or if there is immediate danger phone the police or emergency services on 999.