CHILD EXPLOITATION Resources & Signposting

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) & Child Criminal Expoloitation (CCE) pose major child protection issues across the UK. Often hidden from view and going unnoticed, vulnerable young people are groomed and then abused or coerced into commiting crimes, leaving them traumatised and scarred for life. Though perceptions are altering these young people are still often perceived as having 'made a choice' to take part in illegal activites.


All schools in Birmingham wanting further advice/support regarding CSE concerns can contact thier local CSE Coordinator (Lynette Reid - East | Rachael Hopkinson - North & West | Katie Storer-Young - South) or call the Birmingham Children's Trust, CSE Duty Line - 0121 464 7967 (Line open: Mon-Thu 09:00 – 17:00; Fri 09:00 – 16:00).

Barnardo's - Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of child abuse. It happens when a young person is encouraged, or forced, to take part in sexual activity in exchange for something.

These pages are for anyone with questions about child sexual exploitation (CSE) – including what it is and what Barnardo’s is doing to tackle the issue.

The NWG (formerly The National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People) is a Charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 12 000 practitioners who disseminate information down through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK.

THE BLAST PROJECT - is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation service supporting and working solely with boys and young men who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Dedicated to tackling the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men. Ensuring services are available for boys and young men that are equal, inclusive and accessible to them as males and that the issue of male Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) along with associated myths and barriers and are addressed.

PACE - Works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. We offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family.

The Phoenix Project - is a confidential service to support children, young people and their families who are at risk of or affected by Childhood Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The project supports children and young people aged 8 -17 to make positive choices about healthy relationships and personal safety. They also provide a package of support for parents and carers to help them understand childhood sexual exploitation and to safeguard the children and young people in their care.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council, Victim Support and the Children’s Society have created a new website of resources around policing and preventing child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse.

The CSE Policing and Prevention website includes toolkits and guidance around such issues as: child criminal exploitation in relation to county lines; harmful sexual behaviour; supporting parents and carers; and working with children and young people who have a physical disability.

The BAIT Resource can be accessed here

Follow the instructions on the web page.  Please read and ensure you understand the disclaimer at the foot of the page.

  • The password to access the PDF resource booklet is: lookcloser2015
  • The password to stream the full film is: lookcloseronline2015


KAYLEIGH'S LOVE STORY (ONLY to be used as part of a structured teaching input) - FULL VERSION

Kayleigh’s Love Story is a film about aspects of the last 13 days of the life of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.

The Leicestershire schoolgirl was groomed online by Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, before being raped and murdered by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman.

The film has been made to serve as a warning to children and adults of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation following Kayleigh’s tragic death in November 2015.


Voice box, Childline’s weekly video chat, features Lucy Fallon who plays Bethany Platt in Coronation Street and Helen, a Childline counsellor, talking about grooming. They give advice on how to spot the signs of grooming and how young people can get support if they are worried that they or a friend are being groomed.