1. Child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation


1a. Practical guidance

“What is Consent”
Two page leaflet covering the issue of consent

The NWG disseminate information to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK.

Child exploitation and on-line protection centre (CEOP)

Facts and statistics about child sexual abuse / child sexual exploitation


1b. Research

Old Enough to Know Better: Why Sexually Exploited Teenagers are Being Overlooked

Boy's Don't Cry: Improving identification and disclosure of sexual exploitation among boys and young men trafficked to the UK 

Protecting children from harm: a critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action - Office of the Children’s Commissioner November 2015

"If only someone had listened" - Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups Final Report November 2013

National Working Group: "If you Shine a Light"
Report  of  a  Grass  Roots  Survey  of  Health  Professionals  with  Regard to  their  Experiences  in  Dealing  with  Child  Sexual  Exploitation

Radford, L et al. (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today

Taskforce on the Health Aspects of Violence against Women and Children: Report from the Child Sexual Abuse sub-group
Two million children in the UK experience sexual abuse and many never tell anyone. For those few who do, there is a significant lack of therapeutic support and treatment services. This report addresses the needs of those children and young people who have been sexually abused and subjected to sexual violence.


1c. Support

For children and young people: call for advice and support 24 hours a day for free on 0800 1111

NSPCC helpline
For professionals / adults who have concerns about a child or wants advice can contact the NSPCC for free 24 hours a day, by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing, texting 88858 or using an online reporting form.

Pace works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family.

NHS Choices – What is Child Sexual exploitation


2. Understanding what it’s like to be a young person who might have 'something to tell', and what those young people have said they need


2a. Practical guidance

Supporting professionals to meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation

Standing Tall after feeling small:
Young people who decided to put together their thoughts and ideas and come up with a resource to train professionals

'You're Welcome'
The Department of Health's quality criteria for young people friendly health services.

Be Healthy Participation Project
Watch the animated film made by the Health Advocates about health, wellbeing and the barriers faced by young people affected by sexual exploitation.


2b. Research

‘It takes a lot to build trust’ - Recognition and Telling: Developing earlier routes to help for children and young people  - A report for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England  - October 2013


3. Making sure young people with 'something to tell' are seen and heard…


3a. Practical guidance

The Children's Society
What is child sexual exploitation? Learn about child sexual exploitation, the forms it takes and children who are at risk

Practical information about sexual abuse: signs, symptoms and effects

Combatting CSE toolkit
Designed for health professionals to help them identify children who are at risk of or have been sexually abused

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Guidance on child abuse - covers the alerting features in children and young people (under 18 years) of: physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, fabricated or induced illness.

"I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world" - The Office of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation In Gangs and Groups InterIm Report  - November 2012
Practical information about vulnerability and risk indicators of child sexual exploitation

"If only someone had listened" - Office of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups Final Report November 2013


3b. Research

Allnock and Miller (2013) No-one noticed, no-one heard: a study of disclosure of childhood abuse

Unprotected, overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation – Barnardo’s, BILD, Coventry University. The Children’s Society, Paradigm Research

4. What to do if young people have made a disclosure


4a Practical guidance

Department for Education
Departmental advice to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.
NSPCC: What to do if you suspect abuse

HM Govt Working Together to Safeguard Children - A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children March 2015