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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

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CSE Screening Tools and other resources to support work on CSE

  Publications / Resources
Petch CSE 12 and under screening tool
CSE 13 and over screening tool
CSE Pathway Guidance
CSE Pathway
Partnership Information Report
Wolverhampton's Multi-Agency CSE strategy 2019 - 2020
West Mids Met CSE Regional Framework
Tackling CSE West Midlands Q1 Assessment 2016
See Me, Hear Me - West Midlands CSE website and resources
CSE Social Media Library
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation - A Resource Pack for Councils
 CSE Disruption Toolkit    
Guidance on adopting a Victim-Centred Approach
Seen & Heard e-learning resource
Common sexting codes and Secret sexting codes

Criminal and Civil Partnership Disruption Options for Perpetrators of Child and Adult Victims of Exploitation

Hotels - See me, Hear Me resources (scroll down to 'Resources for businesses, hotels and taxi drivers' section)
Hoteliers and CSE - important message from the Head of Safeguarding

The NEW Petch CSE screening tool is to provide a framework for making a sound professional judgement about the level of vulnerability of a young child, aged 12 and under, to CSE and to support early help and intervention

You should be aware that:

  • Young people aged over 16 can still be at risk of /or experience child sexual exploitation
  • Where a child is under the age of 13 years old, and/or has a learning disability and there are concerns regarding sexual exploitation, a referral to MASH is required.

When completed, if the PETCH or CSE screening tool indicates that the child/young person is likely to be at medium or significant risk of Sexual Exploitation, you should also complete and submit the online Multi Agency Referral Form along with the completed Petch or CSE Screening tool to the MASH.

If you have any technical problems completing the online Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF):

(a) where there is an immediate safeguarding risk phone the MASH on 01902 555392 to report your safeguarding concerns and let the MASH know the details of your technical issues

(b) where there isn't an immediate safeguarding risk phone the MASH on 01902 555392 to inform them of your technical issues and get advice on how to submit your concerns.

 All CSE assessments/PETCH/CSE screening tools and non urgent queries should be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If the child already has an allocated social worker, please provide a copy of tool to them directly.

For referrals outside of office hours, please telephone the Social Care Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 01902 552999.

If a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm, phone the Police 999 

Urgent queries – the MASH 

Urgent CSE queries/escalation– Main Switch board – Dawn Willams – 01902 553044

MASE queries – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To report intelligence complete a partnership intelligence form and/or contact police.


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