Child sexual exploitation

Do you know the signs?

Some of the visible signs of child sexual exploitation can include:

  • Regularly missing from home or school and staying out all night
  • Change in behaviour - becoming aggressive and disruptive or quiet and withdrawn.
  • Unexplained gifts or new possessions such as clothes, jewellery, mobile phones or money that can’t be accounted for.
  • Increase in mobile phone use or secretive use
  • Appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Being picked up or dropped off in cars by unknown adults
  • A significantly older ‘boyfriend’ or ‘friend’ or lots of new friends
  • Spending excessive amount of time online and becoming increasingly secretive about time spent online
  • Sudden involvement in criminal behaviour or increased offending
  • Sexual health problems

If you have any concerns that a child you know may be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation report it to the Police by calling 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

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West Yorkshire CSE Risk Assessment Tool

If you are working with a child or young person you suspect to be at risk of or experiencing Child Sexual Exploitation, you must complete the following CSE Risk Assessment Tool. Referral advice is provided within the tool and practitioners should ensure that the pathways are followed once the assessment is complete.

Multi-agency approach to CSE (MAACSE)

​Wakefield District has a multi-agency arrangement in place to provide a co-ordinated response to concerns of child sexual exploitation (CSE). This arrangement is known as MAACSE (Multi Agency Approach to CSE). The MAACSE does not replace Social Care Direct as your first point of contact when concerns of CSE are identified.

MAACSE have produced guidance for professionals when making a referral to the MAACSE Panel.

Contact us

Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board

County Hall
Bond Street
WF1 2QW

01924 306 497