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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) information and resources 


Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse and a hidden crime. Young people often trust their abuser and don't understand that they're being abused. Children or young people may be tricked into believing they're in a loving, consensual relationship. In some cases, young people are persuaded or forced into exchanging sexual activity for money, drugs, gifts, affection or status. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may depend on their abuser or be too scared to tell anyone what's happening. Child sexual exploitation doesn't always involve physical contact and can happen online

If you work with or come into contact with young people, it is your responsibility to make sure that you

Understand what CSE is

Recognise the warning signs

See Me Hear Me  - West Midlands regional website

Dudley’s Thresholds Framework

You can email the team on CSE.Team@dudley.gov.uk

Or the direct telephone number is: 01384 817777

Know who to contact and who to report any concerns

Information and Resources

Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool

CSE Risk Assessment Tool


Panel for the Protection of Trafficked Children

Barnardos is working with the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner Victims’ Fund to support statutory bodies such as local authorities and the police to identify and safeguard child victims of trafficking, preventing them from going missing/being re-trafficked.

If you SUSPECT a child or young person is being  or  has been trafficked please view the Barnardos referral information sheet. And if necessary use the referral form.

Local and National Reports

Independent inquiry into CSE in Rotherham

Serious Case Review into CSE in Oxfordshire

Policies and Strategies

Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy 2015 - 2018 - PDF version

Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy 2015 - 2018 - Word version