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Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation Toolkit - for District Councils & Hospitality Industry

District councils have a key role to play in safeguarding the environment where young people may congregate and meet. This is particularly important in relation to the monitoring of licences.

The 'Tackling CSE Toolkit' has been put together to provide advice for staff working within District Councils, (licensing departments in particular) on their responsibilities in relation to identifying CSE and what action should be taken if it's identified.

It also provides advice for those working for Social Housing providers, within the hospitality industry (hotels, guest houses etc) and taxi cab firms. Staff within these professions are well placed to witness activity that may indicate that child sexual exploitation is taking place. 

Tackling CSE Toolkit - how to use it

The toolkit is divided into a series of chapters. Voluntary and community organisations working with children and young people should download, read and act on the information provided in chapters 1, 2 and 7 below. An online video presentation introducing the CSE toolkit can be viewed here and will help provide context for the toolkit

Chapter 1 - What is CSE and What You Need To Know?

This chapter includes:

  • Definition of Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Description of the 'Grooming Processes'
  • Behavioural and psychological signs of abuse
  • CSE and The Law
  • CSE and boys / young men
  • CSE and online grooming
  • CSE and relation to missing children, mental health and the effect on the family

Chapter 2 - CSE and the Local Response


  • Local findings on children and young people's online activities
  • What to do if you suspect CSE
  • NSCB's CSE Assessment form
  • Referral route chart
  • CSE and the role of the Police and RISE team

Chapter 6 -  District Councils and Hospitality Industry


  • Licensing Act 2003 and the Licensing Objective: 'Protection of Children From Harm' (page 79)
  • Hotels and guidance for hotel managers and staff (page 80)
  • Taxi and Private Hire industry guidance (page 83)
  • Council Housing and Housing Association provider guidance (page 83)

Additional Chapters you may find helpful:

Chapter 8 - CSE Information for Parents and Carers

Chapter 9 - CSE Information for Children and Young People

Appendix 1 - Primary School Policy on CSE Awareness and Prevention

Appendix 2 - Secondary School Policy on CSE Awareness and Prevention

Full 'Tackling CSE Toolkit' document

The entire document containing all chapters (including those aimed at education, health and social care professionals, district councils, the hospitality industry and more) can be downloaded below: 

Last updated: 09 June 2015

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