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1.6.2 Child Sexual Exploitation Team and Operational Group: Roles and Responsibilities of Children’s Social Care

See also: Sexual Exploitation Risk Management Indicator.


This chapter reviewed in January 2018 and updated throughout to reflect current arrangements for responding to concerns around the sexual exploitation of children and young people in Calderdale. An updated CSE Referral flowchart was added into Appendix 1.


  1. Purpose
  2. Further Information
  3. Children's Social Care: Roles and Responsibilities
  4. Referrals to the CSE Team

    Appendix 1: Appendix 1: CSE Referral Flowchart

1. Purpose

Calderdale has a multi-agency CSE Team that works directly with children to ensure that they are safeguarded and supported when they have experienced or are at risk of CSE.

The CSE Operational Group meets bi monthly to ensure a co-ordinated multi-agency response to high risk victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

It is imperative given the link between Child Sexual Exploitation and safeguarding that the Calderdale Council Children's Social Care Social Work Teams:

  • Have an awareness of the CSE Team;
  • Make appropriate referrals to CSE Team;
  • Have a designated officer attending CSE Operational Group: (the Team Manager CSE);
  • Co-ordinate information for and from CSE Hub which ensures children are safeguarded.

2. Further Information

The following guidance must be referred to and used in conjunction with this procedure where appropriate:

3. Children's Social Care: Roles and Responsibilities

Children’s Social Care supports the CSE Hub which is a team directly working with children thought to be involved in or at risk of CSE.

See ‘Roles and Responsibilities of the Multi-Agency Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Team' for more information on the agencies who make up the CSE Team and their remit.

Children’s Social Care are also involved in the CSE Operational Group. The Operational Group comprises managers from the agency partners who have oversight of the work, review services and ensure that appropriate resources are deployed to the CSE team. Their role is to ensure the flow of information through the organisation to and from the CSE Hub. Currently the designated officer is the Team Manager of the CSE Team.

The CSE Referral flowchart (see Appendix 1: CSE Referral Flowchart) demonstrates how information should be responded to when referrals to victims of CSE are to be considered by Children’s Social Care.

4. Referrals to the CSE Team

If there are immediate concerns a referral should be made to MAST and a Section 47 assessment will be carried out. The MAST team will organise a Strategy Meeting and the CSE team members may attend if available.

If there is not an immediate risk identified, professionals will be requested to complete a CSE Risk Assessment which should be sent to MAST recorded on the CASS system, and then be passed to the CSE team. The child’s name will be placed on the CSE assessment list and the case is reviewed by the multi-agency Hub meeting and support provided as required. If a child is deemed at risk of CSE they will be placed on Calderdale’s CSE Matrix, reviewed and managed on a weekly basis.


Appendix 1: CSE Referral Flowchart

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