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CSE - Toolkit for Schools

The 'Tackling CSE Toolkit' has been put together to provide advice for Schools staff on their responsibilities in relation to identifying CSE and what action should be taken if it's identified.

Tackling CSE Toolkit - how to use it

The toolkit is divided into a series of chapters. Education settings should download, read and act on the information provided in chapters 1, 2 and 3 below. An online video presentation introducing the CSE toolkit can be viewed here and will help provide context for the toolkit.

Download Chapter 1 - What is CSE and What You Need To Know? (PDF 267KB)

This chapter includes:

  • Definition of Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Description of the 'Grooming Processes'
  • Behavioural and psychological signs of abuse
  • CSE and The Law
  • CSE and boys / young men
  • CSE and online grooming
  • CSE and relation to missing children, mental health and the effect on the family

Download Chapter 2 - CSE and the Local Response (PDF 273KB)


  • Local findings on children and young people's online activities
  • What to do if you suspect CSE
  • NSCB's CSE Assessment form
  • Referral route chart
  • CSE and the role of the Police and RISE team

Download Chapter 3 -  Education Settings - Early Years, Primary and Secondary Schools (PDF 737 KB)


  • CSE Policy
  • Education Settings CSE Management flowchart
  • Education Staff leaflet
  • Early Years Settings - books that could be used to discuss CSE with young children
  • Resources for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools

Additional Chapters you may find helpful:

Two sections of the toolkit have been written specifically for parents/carers and children/young people, please share these within your school community.

Chapter 8 - CSE Information for Parents and Carers (PDF 943KB)

Chapter 9 - CSE Information for Children and Young People (PDF 171KB )

Sample policies for primary and secondary schools:

Word doc versions of the sample policies are provided below as well as PDFs, enabling schools to adapt and use them:

Appendix 1 - Primary School Policy on CSE Awareness and Prevention (PDF 267KB)

Editable version of the sample CSE Policy for primary schools (Word doc 73KB)

Appendix 2 - Secondary School Policy on CSE Awareness and Prevention (PDF 173KB)

Editable version of the sample CSE Policy for secondary schools (Word doc 73KB)

Full 'Tackling CSE Toolkit' document

The entire document containing all chapters (including those aimed at education, health and social care professionals, district councils, the hospitality industry and more) can be downloaded below: 

Last updated: 02 October 2015

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