Child Sexual Exploitation

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Students Act To Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

Performing Arts students from Airedale Academy in Castleford use their acting skills to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.

West Yorkshire Police have worked alongside them to create videos revealing a victim's perspective.

David's Story


Click here to view the youtube video.

Transcript for David's Story video

Emma's Story


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Transcript for Emma's Story video


The Parent's View

"We thought she was going out with friends, but her attitude changed, her appearance started to change and she constantly had her mobile phone in her hand."

Just one of the anonymous accounts from a hard hitting video released today, featuring local parents whose children have been victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE)


Click here to view the youtube video.

Click here to view accompanying text transcript to this video (PDF 10kb)

It forms part of the ongoing West Yorkshire Police campaign entitled 'Know the Signs' which highlights the various indicators of the crime.

The Force has worked in partnership with local charity (Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation) Pace to record their experiences and raise awareness of the issues.

Read more at :

Web Chat - Online Grooming and Child Sexual Exploitation

The web chat took place on Tuesday 29th October 2013 click here to view it

Know The Signs


Click here to view the youtube video. 

The transcript of the video is available here. PDF (13kb)

Child Sexual Exploitation - Know The Signs - The Campaign

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of child sexual abuse.  It is the organised and deliberate exploitation of a child purely for the sexual gratification of adults.

Any young person could become a victim of child sexual exploitation; the crime affects both girls and boys, from any background and of any ethnicity.

Child Sexual Exploitation PosterThere are three main types of CSE -

  1. Inappropriate relationships - this usually involves one perpetrator who has inappropriate power or control over a young person.  There is often a significant age gap and the victim may believe they are in a loving relationship.


  1. 'Boyfriend' model - the perpetrator befriends and grooms the young person into a 'relationship' and then convinces or forces them to have sex with friends or associates.  This is sometimes associated with gang activity.


  1. Organised sexual exploitation - young people are passed through networks where they are forced into sexual activity with multiple men.  This often occurs at 'sex parties' and the young people may be used to recruit others into the network.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) can also take place over the internet for advice on how to remain safe online read on information page

Know the Signs
Even something that seems like normal teenage behaviour could be a sign that a child is being sexually exploited. 

Child Sexual Exploitation - Z-CardSome of the visible signs include:

  • Regularly missing from home or school and staying out all night
  • Change in behaviour - becoming aggressive and disruptive or quiet and withdrawn.
  • Unexplained gifts or new possessions such as clothes, jewellery, mobile phones or money that can't be accounted for.
  • Increase in mobile phone use or secretive use
  • Appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Being picked up or dropped off in cars by unknown adults
  • A significantly older 'boyfriend' or 'friend' or lots of new friends
  • Spending excessive amount of time online and becoming increasingly secretive about time spent online
  • Sudden involvement in criminal behaviour or increased offending
  • Sexual health problems

If you have any concerns that a child you know may be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation report it to West Yorkshire Police by calling 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency or if a crime is ongoing always dial 999.

Deaf, hard of hearing or speech imparied people can use textphone 18001 101.

You can also call or email your local Police Safeguarding Unit to discuss any concerns or questions you have with one of our specialist staff on the contact details below:

[email protected]
01274 376116

[email protected]
01422 337041

[email protected]
01924 335073

[email protected]
0113 3859590

[email protected]
01924 8788008

View West Yorkshire Police's Snapguide - How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online - A Parents Guide 


Click here to view the guide.

The Force's 'Know the Signs' campaign aims to advise everyone across West Yorkshire of the typical signs of child sexual exploitation and what they should do if they know a young person who might be a victim.

The campaign is supported by Safeguarding Boards across the five districts of West Yorkshire and takes the form of impactive posters and advice cards, social networking messages and a hard-hitting radio advert.

Please see below for the campaign materials.

Click here to download CSE Poster (PDF 303kb)

Click here to view CSE Poster (JPEG 447kb) 

Click here to download CSE Z Card (PDF 371kb)

Click here to view CSE Z Card (JPEG 314kb) 

Other charities and agencies that can help:

Information for children, adults or teachers on staying safe on the internet

Barnardo's - Cut them free campaign.

0808 800 5000
[email protected]

Yorkshire MESMAC - BLAST!
Project works with men and boys involved in or at risk of becoming involved in sexual exploitation, aged 25 and under and living in Leeds or Bradford.
0113 2444209
[email protected]

National Helpline for male victims of sexual exploitation - 07808 863 662

Genesis - ISIS
Supporting Young People Against Sexual Exploitation, Leeds
0113 243 0036

The Children's Society in Keighley and Bradford
The Hand in Hand Project
Supporting young people involved in child sexual exploitation or who are vulnerable to grooming.
01535 606868
[email protected]

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)
Working alongside and supporting parents and carers whose children have been sexually exploited.
0113 240 3040
[email protected]  

Barnardo's Turnaround
Working with young people who are involved or vulnerable to CSE and who go missing from home

01274 618421
[email protected]

Kevin Robinson 07827322821
[email protected]

Cheryl Laird 07584385539
[email protected] 

The Children's Society in Calderdale
The Safe Hands Project
Supporting young people affected by Child Sexual Exploitation across the Calderdale district.
Tel: 01422 430 495
[email protected]

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