CSE and FGM
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.
Further Guidance on CSE can be found on the Kent Safeguarding Children Board website
For advice and guidance please contact the Education Safeguarding Team or CSET.
Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation (MASE) meeting
The monthly MASE meeting is a standing group of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Boards and its membership is drawn from the key organisations represented on those boards. It takes a strategic view of the management of all issues relating to CSE and monitors the delivery of Kent and Medway CSE Action Plan.
Nigel Baker, Head of Service: 0-25 East Kent, is the Children, Young People and Education lead on the MASE.
Telephone: 03000 41 58 03
Child Sexual Exploitation Team (CSET) and Operation Willow
The Child Sexual Exploitation Team (CSET)is a multiagency team covering Kent and Medway made up of partners from Kent Police, Kent and Medway Specialist Children’s Services, Education and Young People’s Services and health services.
Gerry O’Brien is the Education and Young People's Services Representative on CSET.
For more information on Operation Willow see our page.
- CSE Definition and Guide for Practitioners
- Tackling CSE progress report
- Child Sexual Exploitation Toolkit
- Kent and Medway Child Sexual Exploitation procedures
- Kent and Medway CSE Strategy
- CSE - A Guide For Young People
- CSE - A Guide For Parents/Carers
- Summary of Recommendations Interactive Toolkit
- Concerning Signs - Helping You Spot Risk Toolkit
- MASE Terms of Reference (DOCX, 22.2 KB)
- Risks, Threats and Vulnerabilities Tier 1 Checklist
- Risks, Threats and Vulnerabilities Checklist Background Information
Telephone: Dial 101 and ask for CSE Team or Operation Willow
Telephone: 01622 652749
Contact Education Safeguarding Team
Telephone: 03000 41 57 88
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003 ("the 2003 Act"). It is a form of child abuse and violence against women. FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
Section 5B of the 2003 Act 1 introduces a mandatory reporting duty which requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report 'known' cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police. The duty applies from 31 October 2015 onwards.
For advice and guidance please contact NSPCC FGM Helpline 08000 283550.
Telephone: 03000 41 57 88