Child Sexual Exploitation


Phoenix Protect Team

Phoenix Protect is a multi agency team which has a significant role in ensuring referrals for timely support and intervention including referrals for child protection planning; the team also work to raise awareness of CSE across the workforce.

Contact the Protect team for advice and guidance or to make a referral:

tele: 0161 226 4196 email:

Useful resources:

Protect Team Remit 2013-15

Protect Team Procedure                                Protect Team Referral Form

5x5x5 Intelligence Report Form

Protect poster                                              Protect card

MSCB and partners

The MSCB CSE Sub Group co-ordinates the activities of member agencies in relation to the effective implementation of CSE protocols and polices. The membership of the Group is drawn from across the partnership. Each agency has nominated a lead professional to act as the single point of contact for all matters relating to child sexual exploitation and also be responsible for providing advice and support to their agencies workers.  

Directory of CSE related resources

Links to Partners

Contact details for our key partners can be found in the Directory of CSE Resources

Resources for Professionals

Greater Manchester Phoenix CSE Measurement Tool and Guidance 

Greater Manchester Project Phoenix It's not okay website

Signs of risk and vulnerability identified in the Children's Commisioner report.

CEOP: the website hosts a range of resources and links

The Thinkuknow programme

Provides a range of free educational resources - films, lesson plans, presentations, practitioner guidance, games and posters - to professionals working with children and young people. Through the use of our educational materials you can help to empower and protect young people from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and off.

Child Sexual Exploitation Film - Police and Eastenders Team Up

NSPCC: CSE Home page - child sexual exploitation, key statistics, official guidance, and learning from practice. The NSPCC has published a thematic briefing highlighting learning from Serious Case Reviews where CSE was a key factor was CSE.

LGA Toolkit: This resource aims to help councils raise awareness of child sexual exploitation within their own organisation, with their local partners and their communities. It brings together and shares a set of resources to provide ideas and materials that can be adapted to suit local needs; includes briefings, communications support, training materials and case studies.

Resources for Parents and Carers

 Barnardos leaflet for parents and carers

Greater Manchester Project Phoenix It's not okay website

CEOP Thinkuknow programme:

‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent. The site also age specific advice for parents and carers of primary and secondary school age children.

Parents Protect:

Links to sources of help, advice and support available to people with concerns about child sexual abuse. The links are to some of the organisations and agencies you can contact for information and are continually updated.

Stop it now!   
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a useful website for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. The Stop it Now! campaign operates a confidential freephone helpline for any adult with concerns including those worried about the sexual behaviour or another adult towards children, those worried about their own thoughts or behaviour towards children and those concerned about the worrying sexual behaviour of a child or young person (0808 100 900 or

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers whose children are or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They also offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. They were formerly known as CROP. 

Parentline Plus   Helpline: 0808 800 2222 Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents. It works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents.

NSPCC Helpline NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000 The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at

The Safe Network Run by NSPCC, Children England & Child Accident Prevention Trust, the Safe Network works with voluntary and community organisations to help keep children and young people safe when taking part in activities.  There is a wide range of free information and advice available, access to safeguarding standards, training materials and other vital resources.

The Home Office Disclosure Scheme Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check If you are worried about someone in your child’s life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. Find out what you need to do to get someone checked.

Resources for Young People

Barnardos leaflet for young people 

Greater Manchester Project Phoenix It's not okay website

CEOP Thinkuknow programme:

Provides the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Childline  Tel: 0800 1111 Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

Research links

Barnados: Running from Hate

Children’s Commissioner: the Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups (CSEGG) conducted under the Children's Commissioner's powers in the Children Act 2004; aims to throw light on the scale, scope, nature and extent of the sexual exploitation, victimisation and abuse that girls and boys in England are subjected by street gangs and loosely formed groups. Has produced a number of reports including:

"I thought I was the only one. The only one in the world." The Office of the Children's Commissioner's Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation In Gangs and Groups, Interim report (November 2012)

"Basically... porn is everywhere" A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Effect that Access and Exposure to Pornography has on Children and Young People (May 2013) "If only someone had listened... Inquiry into Sexual Exploitation in Gangs and Groups, Final Report (November 2013)

"Sex without consent, I suppose that is rape" How Young People in England Understand Sexual Consent (November 2013)

"It's wrong...but you get used to it" A qualitative study of gang-associated sexual violence towards, and exploitation of young people in England (November 2013).

CEOP publications:

‘Foundations of abuse’

Key Contacts

 If you have any worries about a child's safety or welfare, in the first instance speak to a Contact Officer at the Manchester Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001. The Contact Officer will then notify the First Response Team of your concerns.

If you think a child is at risk of immediate harm, please contact the police by calling 999.

Contact the Phoenix Protect Team for CSE specific guidance and advice or to make a referral

Tel: 0161 226 4196 or email: