Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The NSPCC describe child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they are in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

Child Sexual Exploitation has a devastating impact on children, young people and their families. It is largely a hidden crime, and raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing it and stopping it early when it does happen.

Councils play a crucial role in safeguarding children, including tackling child sexual exploitation. However they cannot do this alone. They need the co-operation of the wider community and partner agencies.

What is the Council doing?

We are working to raise awareness so that Stafford Borough Council staff, Council Members and the wider community can recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and know what to do if they have concerns.

How to report a concern

If you are worried that a child or young person (under 18) may be at risk of child sexual exploitation call:-

For members of the general public:-

First Response (Staffordshire County Council) on 0800 131 3126.
Alternatively call Staffordshire Police Central Referrals Unit on 101 and ask for the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) or email mash@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk 

If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger or in need of medical attention ring 999.

Stafford Borough Council staff - during office hours:-

Tracy Redpath - Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer
01785 619195 - tredpath@staffordbc.gov.uk 

Jan Silvester - Deputy Lead Designation Safeguarding Officer
01785 619477 - jsilvester@staffordbc.gov.uk 

Out of Office hours, also if the Safeguarding Officers are not available:-

First Response (Staffordshire County Council) on 0800 131 3126.
Alternatively call Staffordshire Police Central Referrals Unit on 101 and ask for the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) or email mash@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk 

If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger or in need of medical attention ring 999.