5th April 2018

Resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour

Resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools

The Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire has created a range of resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour. Resources include: a traffic-light tool for self- assessment; a series of five webinars that explain how to use the tool; and a spreadsheet to record the scores of self-assessment.

Source:  Contextual Safeguarding Network 

19th March 2018

Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours

Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours

There is a need for a multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) which has been developed by NSPCC in partnership with The Lucy Faithful Foundation, Action for Children and Barnardo’s, and other experts in HSB. The framework focuses on five key elements including: responses to children and young people who display HSB; prevention, identification and early assessment; effective assessment and referral pathways; interventions; and workforce development. 

Further information: NSPCC: Harmful sexual behaviour framework

13th March 2018

The new offence of Sexual Communication with a Child which came into force in April 2017

The NSPCC has revealed that more than 1,300 cases of sexual communication with a child have been recorded in the six months following the introduction of the new offence, Sexual Communication with a Child. Before the new law was introduced in April 2017, police couldn’t intervene until groomers met young people in person.

The NSPCC has found that girls aged 12–15 were the most likely to be targeted, but that some children were as young as seven. The charity has called for the government and social media companies to use existing technology to identify grooming behaviour and set up anti-grooming alerts for young people and moderators.

Further details, here

12th March 2018

CSE Awareness week 12-18 March 2018

It is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Week from 12-18 March, and in Sutton we want to be sure that you know where to seek help and advice for yourself or someone you may be worried about. 
Come and see us at our stand on Tuesday 13 March Ground Floor, St Nicholas Shopping Centre, 12:00-16:30.
We are professionals who all work with children affected by child sexual exploitation: health workers, social workers, police officers, and voluntary organisations. 
Please come along and ask any questions - we have lots of information to give about the signs of child sexual exploitation and where to get help and advice.
Parents, young people, professionals, and community members - all welcome!
For more information on what Sutton is doing for CSE Awareness week and for further resources, click here:


12th March 2018

Child sexual exploitation perpetrator research

Child sexual exploitation perpetrator research 
The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Exploitation has published five studies on child sexual exploitation (CSE) perpetration. The scoping studies identify key findings from existing research and provide new evidence on the characteristics and perspectives of people who sexually exploit young people. There is also a briefing paper reflecting on the learning from these reports. Find out more.