Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse and a hidden crime. Young people often know their abuser and trust them, and don't understand or realise that they're being abused. To them, this is normal behaviour.

Children and 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:

The DSPP Threshold Framework and Multi Agency Referral Form are available via the Tell Us page.

To make a referral around any form of exploitation please complete the below Screening Tool and email it to 

Contact the CSE Team

You can email the team on

Or the direct telephone number is: 01384 817777

View help and advice on See Me Hear Me.

Further Information

Information and Resources

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.