Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child sexual exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.

This can involve a broad range of exploitative activity, from seemingly ‘consensual’ relationships and informal exchanges of sex for attention, accommodation, gifts or cigarettes, through to very serious organised crime.

Please see our  CSE page for more information and links to resources.

Multi-Agency Levels of Need Document

The ’Multi-Agency Levels of Need Document’ has been refreshed in 2015 and will be the sole source of advice and guidance associated with levels of intervention for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in Manchester.


Signs of Safety


The Signs of Safety Framework is designed to create a shared focus among all stakeholders in child protection case, both professional and family.


Signs of Safety is based on the following principles: 

  • A clear distinction between strengths (parental love of their children) and protection (being able to remove/prevent danger from their children as appropriate;
  • The use of plain language which is jargon free;
  • The use of statements based on observable behaviour rather than assumption;
  • The skilful use of authority by giving families choices about how to work with authorities; and
  • An assessment which acts as a dynamic, rather than a static process, as it continues for the duration of intervention, not just at the start.

Presentations from the SoS launch can be found below.


Related Documents:

Early Help newsletter Janaury 2016

Early Help Handbook

Multi Agency Levels of Need Document

Early Help Strategy

SoS presentation TM

SoS presentation GRW

SoS presentation GL