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Tackling CSE Toolkit for Voluntary Organisations

Staff within local voluntary and community groups working with children and young people are ideally placed to identify Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The 'Tackling CSE Toolkit' has been put together to provide advice for staff and volunteers within Voluntary and Community Organisations 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. Voluntary and community organisations working with children and young people should download, read and act on the information provided in chapters 1, 2 and 7 below. An online video presentation introducing the CSE toolkit can be viewed here and will help provide context for the toolkit

Chapter 1 - What is CSE and What You Need To Know?

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

Chapter 2 - CSE and the Local Response


  • 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

Chapter 7 -  The Role of Voluntary and Community Providers


  • CSE Policy information
  • Staff and Volunteers leaflet
  • Case study to help identify CSE and how to respond

Additional Chapters you may find helpful:

Chapter 8 - CSE Information for Parents and Carers

Chapter 9 - CSE Information for Children and Young People

Appendix 1 - Primary School Policy on CSE Awareness and Prevention

Appendix 2 - Secondary School Policy on CSE Awareness and Prevention

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: 08 June 2015

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