Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type 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 (Department for Education, 2017).


Band Runner

Key Stage 2
Band Runner is a fun runner-style game for 8-10 year olds on the Thinkuknow website. The game features some familiar faces: Sam, Alfie and Ellie from the Play Like Share animations are continuing their adventures and helping children to . . . build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.


Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
This package from Avon and Somerset Police is based on guidance from the Home Office, using the Disrespect Nobody campaign materials, but is tailored specifically to consent and sexual assault/rape, with additional input about the police. . . . It also includes a video about the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), also known as ‘The Bridge’, which explains who they help and what services they provide, as we wanted young people in our force area to have access to information and support relevant to them locally, not just nationally. The lesson plan assumes that lessons about healthy relationships covering issues such as respect, trust and equality, have taken place beforehand as part of the broader PSHE curriculum taught by schools.

Not In Our Community: Grooming and Exploitation

Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Higher Education

Developed with young people, Not In Our Community means working together to protect against grooming and exploitation. This website contains education resources for year 6 students and above. Includes county lines materials

Sexually Exploitative Relationships (Child Sexual Exploitation)

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
We recognise that as part of a PSHE agenda, CSE forms part of the broader context of sex and relationships education carried out within schools. No standalone package can encompass that remit within a standard 60-minute lesson. This package . . . is tailored to exploitative sexual relationships and assumes other lessons about healthy relationships have taken place beforehand. This resource has been produced by Avon and Somerset but it draws significantly from the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) ‘Exploited’ materials (produced with input from a range of national partners including the NSPCC, Brook, the Sex Education Forum and Barnado’s). Materials from other police forces have also been included where they represent good practice.



CEOP Safety Centre

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call us on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Children’s Society, The

Every young person deserves a good childhood, That’s why we fight for the hope and happiness of young people when it’s threatened by abuse, exploitation and neglect. We see the hope and courage in young people every day, and it inspires us to support them through their most serious life challenges. Now we’re stepping up the fight for hope at a time when it’s under threat like never before. Our goal and vision are built around the hopes of young people, to achieve long-lasting change for this generation and the ones to come. Find out who we are.

Modern slavery & exploitation helpline

The modern slavery & exploitation helpline is part of leading anti-slavery charity Unseen. We provide information, advice and guidance about any modern slavery issue to potential victims, businesses, the public and statutory agencies such as the NHS and police.

Not In Our Community

Developed with young people, Not In Our Community means working together to protect against grooming and exploitation. Not In Our Community is developed and continually improved with young people, including survivors, to help us protect ourselves and friends from grooming and sexual or criminal exploitation. We co-produce resources and stories based on real life events for use on social media and in schools / other groups where young people hang out. Our approach telling it like it really is helps thousands of young people understand how grooming and exploitation works so that they can better protect themselves, spot the warning signs amongst friends and know who they can go to for help.


Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood.

The Holly Project

Not Counsellors • Not Police • Not Solicitors • Not Social Services. We are CSE Survivors! If you are a victim of CSE then please get in touch! We are CSE Survivors. We understand you!

The Innovate Project

Exploring how services are addressing extra-familial risks experienced by young people outside of the family home. Building new knowledge about the processes of innovation in social care.

Unseen: working towards a world without slavery

Unseen is a UK charity with its head office in Bristol. We provide safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery. We also run the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline and work with individuals, communities, business, governments, other charities and statutory agencies to stamp out slavery for good.


11/06/2021 : ‘Sex abuse in schools is an issue that shames us all’
Times Education Supplement

13/01/2022 : 2021 was worst year on record for online child sexual abuse, says IWF

24/05/2021 : Abuse helpline takes hundreds of calls, says NSPCC

20/08/2021 : ADCS: ‘significant concern’ over care review’s suggestion of ‘tension’ between protection and support
Community Care

20/12/2021 : Arthur inquiry must consider Covid context of social work practice
Community Care

03/12/2021 : Arthur Labinjo-Hughes murder: case review to consider social work lessons
Community Care

05/12/2021 : Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: National inquiry into boy’s death

05/12/2021 : Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: national review launched
Community Care

03/06/2021 : Call for legal definition of child criminal exploitation
Children and Young People Now

23/03/2021 : Calls for ‘urgent reform’ of services to protect young children and babies
Children and Young People Now

Documents and Publications

How safe are our children?

An overview of data on abuse of adolescents – Since 2013, our annual How safe are our children? . . . report has compiled and analysed data from across the UK to show the current child protection landscape. In 2020, for the first time, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) took on this task. We took this opportunity to refocus our annual report. This year we’ve looked in more detail at statistics relating to abuse perpetrated against adolescents. We’ve also included an overview of emerging data on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safety of children and young people in the UK.

At last there is someone I can talk to

Children are to be recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the new Domestic . . . Abuse Bill. When the Bill receives Royal Assent, the Government, organisations and professionals who come into contact with children will need to demonstrate the ways in which this recognition has changed and improved the services and support that are available for the children in their care.

Sharing nudes and semi-nudes: advice for education settings working with children and young people

This advice is for designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, headteachers and senior . . . leadership teams in schools and educational establishments in England. Other members of staff should see a one-page summary on how to manage incidents available on the UK Council for Internet Safety’s (UKCIS’) website. This document may also act as good practice advice for out-of-school settings providing education for children and young people in England (e.g. extracurricular clubs, youth organisations and providers).


Contextual Safeguarding Network
How do you use the tools on the Contextual Safeguarding network? How is Contextual Safeguarding supported by national . . . policy? How has the approach been used to support young people? In this podcast members of the Contextual Safeguarding team the University of Bedfordshire talk with practitioners and policymakers who are turning this idea into a practical reality. They share successes, reflect on challenges, and identify the next steps on the road to creating child protection systems that can keep young people safe beyond their homes.

Harmful sexual behaviour in schools
Why is it important for schools, colleges and academies to be aware of harmful sexual behaviour? Around a third of child . . . sexual abuse is by other children or young people (Hackett, 2014). Educational settings play a key role in identifying and preventing harmful sexual behaviour.

Learn on the Go: The Community Care Podcast
Community Care editors and expert guests discuss the latest research, theories and practice issues, and look at what . . . they mean for social workers.

NSPCC Learning Podcast
Our podcast features experts from the NSPCC and external organisations discussing a range of child protection issues. We . . . look at what we are doing to actively keep children safe in the wider community and how we can continue to improve our practices and prevent abuse from occurring. No matter your role or sector, whether you work or volunteer with children and young people indirectly or directly, you’ll gain valuable information to take away through our discussions, one-to-one chats and debates.

NSPCC: why domestic abuse is a child protection issue
Find out how to improve your practice around domestic abuse when working with children and families. In this episode, we . . . discuss the complexities of domestic abuse and why it is a safeguarding and child protection issue. We talk about the main themes that emerged from our learning from case reviews briefing on domestic abuse and share what we see in practice.

SafetoNet Foundation Safeguarding Podcast
The SafeToNet Foundation’s Safeguarding podcasts focusses on safeguarding children in the online digital context. We . . . cover the technical, legal and cultural aspects of topics such as cyber-abuse, cyberbullying, sexting, sextortion, digital wellbeing and how to keep children safer online.

​​​​​​Let’s Talk Social Work
​​​​​​Let’s Talk Social Work is a space for conversation—discussion with social workers, the individuals they support, . . . and colleagues working in related professions. We consider the key matters affecting social workers as we explore contemporary issues with a focus at the local, national and global levels.