Working Together 2015 updated Feb 17 - new definition of CSE page 93

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.

CSE Screening Tools and other resources to support work on CSE

  Publications / Resources
Click here for NEW Petch CSE 12 and under screening tool
Click here for WSCB's CSE 13and over screening tool
Click here for CSE Pathway Guidance
Click here for CSE Pathway
 Wolverhampton's Multi-Agency CSE strategy 2016-18 
West Mids Met CSE Regional Framework
Tackling CSE West Midlands Q1 Assessment 2016
CSE Social Media Library
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation - A Resource Pack for Councils
FIB Intel Form for WMP
 CSE Disruption Toolkit    
Victim Approach
Hotels - See me, Hear Me resources    
Hoteliers and CSE - important message from the Head of Safeguarding
 Seen & Heard e-learning resource
Common sexting codes and Secret sexting codes

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 with completing the online Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) you can complete a Word version of the MARF as a fall back position only. The completed Word form should then be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (secure email) or posted to: The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Referral Hub (MASH), Civic Centre, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RT.

All CSE assessments/PETCH/CSE screening tools 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.

Advice can also be sought from the CSE Coordinator  Sandeep Kaur Gill – 01902 550523

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

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