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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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Definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Sexual exploitation of Children and Young People under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child Sexual Exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.


Thurrock LSCB has joined with its Southend and Essex Board partners to develop an Essex wide CSE strategy that supports children from across the County.

The strategy outlines the overarching approach to tackling child sexual exploitation across SET, and  provides a coherent Essex-wide response which is both needs-led and outcomes-focused.

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SET CSE Strategy 2015-2016.pdf 
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Risk Assessment

Information for professionals - risk assessment

If you have concerns about a child or young person who may be at risk of sexual explotation,please open the file below and follow the guidance.



In April 2017, Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) agreed a common approach to the role of the CSE Champion. There have been a number of staff changes since then, alongside changes in data protection requirements.  It is now timely that we update and refresh our records.

The purpose of the CSE Champion role is to:

  • Be a key contact for staff within an organisation/department to go to for support and advice in relation to CSE.

  • Be a key contact for SET LSCBs to share updates, resources and examples of good practice.

  • To raise awareness of CSE within their organisation.

CSE Champion responsibilities include:

  1. Keeping up to date with local CSE arrangements, such as how and who to share concerns about CSE with and referral process

  2. Disseminating relevant information, campaigns, updates and resources internally within their organisation/department

  3. Keeping up to date with local policy and procedures in relation to CSE

  4. Acting as a Point of Contact (POC) regarding CSE within their organisation/department

  5. Providing advice and signposting in relation to individual cases

  6. Providing advice and signposting in relation to the SET CSE Toolbox including the CSE Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) will maintain the contact details for all Thurrock CSE Champions and will ensure that information, training and awareness is provided to enable them to fulfil their role as a Champion.  Champions should also ensure they keep Thurrock LSCB updated should they leave the organisation/department, or should they resume the CSE Champions role within a different organisation/department.

To support your CSE Champion role, Thurrock LSCB will give you access to a secure area within the Thurrock LSCB website which will provide you with local and national updates in relation to CSE and you will be notified by the Thurrock LSCB Business Team each time this is updated.

Thurrock LSCB expects that all Champions have the active support of their organisation and senior managers.

These standards ensure that all CSE Champions across SET have achieved a specific level of training / development and knowledge to ensure they are able to fulfil the role expectations.

Please Note: if you are already an existing CSE Champion You will need to re-register  so our records are up to date. You may also register for the first time  to become a CSE Champion, by  completing the Registration Form below.

CSE Champion Registration Form
docx iconThurrock LSCB CSE Champion Registration.[...] 
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Professionals if you have a concern - submit an information report

If you see or hear something that you feel is not right, dont wait for someone else to do something. The smallest piece of information could be the crucial piece of the jigsaw the Police or Social Care need to make the picture complete.

Working with our Partners the SET Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Strategic Group have agreed an intelligence process  to capture intelligence on CSE

If you become aware of information or intelligence that will support our aim of preventing CSE please take the time to complete the information report which is available below. If you are unsure ask a CSE champion or your Safeguarding lead.

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CSE 1 Information report.doc 
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if in doubt - fill it out


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