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CSE Resources

Southend Borough Council’s Children’s Social Care team has produced and compiled a number of resources for use in identifying, preventing, and disrupting Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). We are pleased to offer these resources to our partner agency colleagues for their use. Please address any queries about this material to

This is the homepage for Child Sexual Exploitation and Safeguarding Resources. The page is designed to provide a 'one stop shop' for practitioners seeking out resources to use with young people or their parents/carers for a range of issues and needs. It also provides useful links to external sites, training, and assessment and referral forms.

Information for Young People

The Young People Resources Section contains the kinds of resources that practitioners may wish to use with young people to address a wide variety of risks and needs. 
  • Lifeskills: Get Ready For Adult Life
  • Age: 15+
    Length of Intervention: 10 Chapters
    This is a large workbook based on 10 areas of life skills including Money, Education, Family/Relationships, Accommodation, Looking After Yourself, Having Your Say, Legal Rights, Being in Care, and Life Skills. This is a programme for young people who live alone or are planning to live alone; it contains a large amount of exercises and information for transition to adult life.
  • Relationships: Expect Respect
  • Age: 12+
    Length of Intervention: 6 Sessions
    A toolkit for addressing teenage relationship abuse in key stages 3, 4, and 5.  Explores a range of issues including managing feelings, resolving conflict, abusive relationships, providing support for peers and gender stereotypes.  The toolkit has been created for a classroom activity, though the material could be applied for a range of uses; it contains facilitator notes and group activities.
  • Guide: Thinking of Running Away
  • Age: 12+
    Length of Intervention: 1 session
    This is a guide produced by the Children’s Society to be used with young people thinking of running away.  It is a tool that can be used by professionals to explore running away and support strategies alongside young people.
  • Information: Lifechex Information Sheet
  • Age: 13+
    Length of Intervention: 1 session
    This is a locally produced information sheet which offers signposting to a range of local health services and contact information for a number of local national services regarding teenage health concerns
  • Programme: The Real Story CSE/Sexual Health Resource Pack
  • Age: 13+
    Length of Intervention: six Sessions
    This is a six session programme designed by Barnardos Northern Island to address CSE and sexual health with young people.  It uses their CSE model for Intervention and explores Grooming, Sexual Health, Power & Control, Consent and Relationships.  There are optional exercises with Video files that are available from the Barnardos website; however, the programme can be run without these.
  • Resource: Leicestershire Council CSE
  • Age: 13+
    This is a programme of resources produced by Leicestershire Council.  This is a 10 session programme with each session designed to run for around 2.5 hours, although sessions are likely to be shorter. The sessions include Self Esteem and Body Image, Consent and Healthy Relationships, Staying Safe and Minimising Risks, Unhealthy Relationships, Sexual Health and Safe Sex, Grooming and Befriending, and Online Safety.  This programme uses a combination of group work exercises, quizzes and discussions.
  • Resource: Relationships, Sexual Health, and Parenthood for People with ASD
  • Age: 10+
    This is a toolkit resource aimed to address sexual health and relationships for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  However, the resource has a number of exercises ideal to use with younger people for discussing appropriate relationships and sexual behaviour.  The resource includes sections on Keeping Clean, Places to be Naked, Changing and Growing, Personal Body Parts, Appropriate Touching, Sexual Activity and Decision Making, and Influences and Keeping Safe. 
  • Discussion: TAB2 Offending Behaviour Programme
  • Age: 14+
    Length of Intervention: 1-30 sessions
    This programme is designed to meet the needs of young people who lack skills in thinking about their behaviour, who may have problems in recognising and controlling their emotions, and who have deficits in their moral values.  It was originally designed for use with offenders and uses a mixture of CBT and theories and exercises to address behaviour.  This programme consists of 30 sessions; however, individual sessions maybe used to address specific needs.  
  • Programme: Self Control, Relationships, Problem Solving
  • Age: 13+
    Length of Intervention: 12 sessions
    The Think Programme is a modular programme consisting of 12 sessions. It is divided into three modules; Self Control, Problem Solving, and Positive Relationships. Each module has four sessions, three of which are delivered in a group work format and one individual one-to-one session with the programme tutors. This programme aims to help, support, and facilitate changes in young people’s thinking and behaviour.
  • Programme: Girls' Offending Behaviour Group
  • Age: 14+
    Length of Intervention: 8 sessions
    An all-encompassing offending behaviour group aimed at girls but could be modified to work with boys.  It has sessions on offending behaviour, alcohol and behaviour, peer pressure, domestic violence, CBT, consequences, victims and health and relationships.  The material could be used as independent sessions if you did not want to complete the whole programme. 
  • Programme: Managing Emotions 1 Gender
  • Programme: Managing Emotions 2 Feeling Cards
  • Programme: Managing Emotions 3
  • Programme: Managing Emotions 4
  • Programme: Managing Emotions 5 Materials
  • Programme: Managing Emotions 6
  • Age: 10+
    Length of Intervention: 2-8 sessions
    This pack is an interesting selection of engaging intervention materials to assist work with young people on the subject of managing emotions.  The first pack, ‘identifying emotions and links to offending’, explores the way in which emotions have a role in all aspects of offending. The second, 'emotions and gender stereotypes’, explores gendered attitudes toward displaying an outward show of emotions.  The 'feelings cards' are to print, cut, and laminate for use in conjunction with the first two work packs.  'How Angry...' is a scaling anger exercise which also looks at altering thinking to reduce aggressive behaviour.  'Who to talk to’ is a worksheet that explores who a young person can speak to regarding problems and issues; this is not specifically about emotions but links to the topic as it explores people to talk to as a method of dealing with experiencing strong emotions. Reusable materials such as 'Who to talk to’ are to print, cut, and laminate for use with the final work pack.
  • Programme: Hitting Back (Weapons)
  • Age: 14+
    Length of Intervention: 2-8 sessions
    This is an eight-session programme addressing conflict and weapons.  This programme was designed to be rolled in schools in Scotland and focuses on the emotional elements, attitudes, and victims of weapon-related violence, best completed on a one-to-one basis.
  • Programme: On a Knife Edge (Weapons)
  • Age: 14+
    Length of Intervention: 2-8 sessions
    This is a six-session programme looking at addressing weapons carrying, street violence, substance use, violence in the home, and violence and gangs. This uses a range of group-based exercises and discussions and will require a degree of preparation.

Informations for Parents

This section is dedicated specifically to resources that are suitable for parents. Although there are resources in other sections that would be useful to be completed with the family, the information in this section is specifically to help educate parents and allow them to safeguard their children. Though this is labelled as Parent Resources, this section contains a range of resources to assist both parents and other types of carer in managing their young person's needs or behaviour.  
  • Online learning: PACE UK
  • Pace UK is a website for parents against child exploitation; attached is the link for their online learning tool.
  • Information: It's Not Okay
  • A great website with a mass of information for parents including a range of videos, advice, and links to other sites and organisations that maybe able to offer support. 
  • Resource: What's The Problem? (Internet Use)
  • This is a 32-page guide about problematic child online usage. This offers parents an insight into the online world and advice to help them safeguard and deal with these issues. 
  • Resource: Runaway
  • A guide designed by the Children's Society for parents to help support them when their children go missing. 

Assessment and Referral Resources

In this section you will find a range of local and nationally recognised assessments and a selection of referral forms. The assessments can be used to aid in the understanding of risk and needs of your clients; some of these also act as referral documents for specialist services. The Assessment and Referral Tools include resources to assist in identifying risks and needs, as well as the forms and tools necessary to access specialist interventions from other agencies or services. These include Drug and Alcohol interventions, Early Help and Social Care. Some of the assessment tools are specific to a particular need, such as speech and language, and others are generic to help narrow down the areas of need.
  • Assessment Tool: SLCN Speech and Language
  • The SLCN screening tool will help practitioners identify any speech, language, and communication needs in young people. It is based on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ (RCSLT) screening tool, which has been made broader to include other elements of neurodisability.
  • Assessment Tool: CHAT Health Assessment for Young People in Contact with YOS
  • The CHAT is a validated, evidence-based screening tool, developed in partnership by the YJB and the Department of Health. It provides for the consistent and comprehensive identification and assessment of the health and health-related needs of children and young people in contact with any part of the youth justice system (YJS).
  • Assessment Tool: AIM2 for Young People Displaying Sexually Harmful Behaviour
  • This assessment and intervention programme provides a common inter-agency and holistic model for the initial assessment of young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). The model supports practitioners matching information gathered during the assessment process against a continuum of criteria. It’s a nationally recognised tool with a function to provide in-depth reports on HSB. SBC staff within Early Help and the Youth Offending Service are trained to respond appropriately to disclosures of HSB; in addition to using this document, please complete a EHFSA form to refer or speak to an Early Help manager.
  • Resource: Harmful Sexual Behaviour Framework
  • Resource: Harmful Sexual Behaviour Framework Audit Tool
  • The framework aims to support local work with children and young people who have displayed HSB and their families by delivering and developing clear policies and procedures and by refreshing local practice guidelines and assessment tools.  It seeks to provide a more coherent and evidence-informed approach for work with these children and young people, and to better understand how to improve outcomes.
  • Resource: Engagement Tools for Young People
  • A number of tools for discussing, creating, and agreeing plans with young people. It aims to get young people to reflect on what is working, factors affecting desistance, and their views on safety and well-being. These tools can be edited, developed, illustrated, added to, and personalised for individual young people and circumstances.

Raising Awareness


Useful Links

This last section contains details of outside agencies through which other resources or specialist interventions might be accessed. There are also links to both internal and external training in a range of CSE and Safeguarding skills.    
  • Resource: NHS Choices What is CSE?
  • In this video series experts explain who is most vulnerable, typical behaviour patterns of the abusers, and how to spot the signs. You'll also get advice on what you can do if someone you know is at risk of, or has been a victim of, CSE.
  • Online learning: Whitney Dean, Eastenders
  • This is a 20 minute video training tool. It is based on EastEnders and uses the character of Whitney to explore the process of grooming. Suitable for use with young people.
  • Online learning: Return to Home Interviews
  • Attached is a set of guidance on best practice for when completing RHIs. This could be used individually by practitioners or as tool in team meeting to discuss RHIs.
  • Online learning: National Training Guide
  • A training guide with a whole host of training available across the country. Some of the training is area specific; however, many of the courses are available to purchase or have links to online courses and resources.
  • Link: Childline
  • For children and young people: call for advice and support 24 hours a day for free on 0800 1111
  • Link: NSPCC Helpline
  • For professionals/adults who have concerns about a child or want advice: contact the NSPCC for free 24 hours a day, by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing, texting 88858, or using an online reporting form.
  • Link: National Working Group on CSE (NWG)
  • The NWG disseminates information to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation and trafficking within the UK. Southend Safeguarding (Childrens) Partnership (SSCP) CSE Champions  have been given account login information to access further resources; if you are a CSE Champion and don't have access, please contact to request membership.
  • Link: Barnardo's WUD U App
  • Barnardos have designed an app to help young people become aware of the dangers of CSE. This page contains the app as well as other resources.
  • Link: BASHH Spotting the Signs
  • A national proforma for use by sexual health services for identifying the risk of child sexual exploitation in patients/service users.

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If you have concerns about a child, call Southend's Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Plus ‘MASH+’ on 01702 215007
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