Child Sexual Exploitation



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 / downloads / audio files / video.

Child Sexual Exploitation PosterClick here to download CSE Poster (PDF 4.7mb)

Click here to view CSE Poster (JPEG 132kb)






Child Sexual Exploitation - Z-CardClick here to download CSE Z Card (PDF 315kb)

Click here to view CSE Z Card (JPEG 304kb)




Click here to listen to CSE Radio Advert (MP3 1.2mb)

Radio Advert on AudioBoom listen to ‘West Yorkshire Police Child Sexual Exploitation Campaign - 'Know The Signs' RADIO ADVERT’ on Audioboom


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.

  2. ‘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.

  3. 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:

Police Child / Domestic Safeguarding Units

[email protected] 
01274 373954

[email protected]
01422 337199 

[email protected]
01924 335073

[email protected]
0113 3859576

[email protected]
01924 878398


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
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


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



Basis Yorkshire
Safety, information and support for women and young people.


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]

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]


The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a registered child protection charity which works across the UK to prevent child sexual abuse. It runs many projects, including Stop It Now! UK and Ireland and Parents Protect!

Saferlives - 0800 043 5987



Kayleigh’s Love Story

Video owned and produced by Leicestershire Police ©

Kayleigh's Love Story is a film about aspects of the last 13 days of the life of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.

The Leicestershire schoolgirl was groomed online by Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, before being raped and murdered by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman.

The film has been made to serve as a warning to children and adults of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation following Kayleigh’s tragic death in November 2015.

Read more on Leicestershire Police's website


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

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, featuring local parents whose children have been victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

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.


YouTube Video - "We went from a happy, easy going family, to absolute torment"

Parents talk about Child Sexual Exploitation - a sneak preview of a new video.

Video produced in partnership with Pace - Parents against child sexual exploitation


YouTube Video - Know The Signs

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


Page last updated January 2020