Knowledge and Practice Hubs

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) knowledge and practice hub

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Learning points

  • How to distinguish child sexual exploitation (CSE) from other forms of sexual abuse.
  • What the common signs of CSE are, including physical, psychological and behavioural indicators
  • The factors that make children more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, including living in a dysfunctional household or having a past history of abuse.
  • Test your knowledge of law and research and check your decision making in relation to a case of CSE (only available to organisations with a workforce licence).

Resources in this hub can help you meet point 5 of the Knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners: Abuse and neglect of children.


Helen-BeckettDr Helen Beckett, reader in Child Protection and Children’s Rights and joint director of ‘The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire, has led the review of Inform’s Child sexual exploitation content.

Helen and colleagues have produced the in-depth guide to disruption and prosecution, young people’s experiences of working with professionals and have peer reviewed the in-depth guides and presented a webinar on protection young people from CSE.

Emilie-Smeaton-newEmilie Smeaton is research director of Paradigm Research and has extensive experience of carrying out research, evaluation and consultancy addressing marginalised and vulnerable children and young people and their families.

Emilie produced the main in-depth practice guides to CSE.

Other contributors include Camille Warrington; Carlene Firmin; Jenny Molloy and NWG Network.

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