Case reviews highlight that child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a complex issue. Professionals often struggle to identify and prevent CSE. The process of grooming and manipulation used in most cases of CSE also means the young people involved aren’t always able to understand or recognise what is happening to them.
Published case reviews highlight that the professional response too often focuses on managing young people’s behaviour rather than ensuring their safety.
The learning from reviews highlights the importance of professionals maintaining engagement with young people experiencing CSE. The services provided need to be ongoing and child centred.
Published: August 2023
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2019 and 2023.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) can take place in person, online or using a combination of both. This page explains what is, how to recognise it and how people who work with children can respond to it.
A summary of the Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA) investigative report on the sexual exploitation of children by networks in England and Wales.
We evaluated our Protect and Respect service which supports young people who have been or are at risk of being sexually exploited. Find out what the key findings were.