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This guidance is designed to assist practitioners who work in both statutory and non-statutory roles in South Gloucestershire in identifying and preventing child sexual exploitation (CSE), protecting children who are at risk of abuse or are abused through sexual exploitation, and disrupting and prosecuting those who perpetrate this form of abuse.

This guidance is relevant in the context of awareness raising and preventative education. The guidance is aimed at all Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) members and is relevant for all professionals working with children, young people and families.

This guidance document should be read in conjunction with Working Together to Safeguard Children, Child Sexual Exploitation Definition and a Guide for Practitioners, Local Leaders and Decision Makers Working to Protect Children from Child Sexual Exploitation, the South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP) and South Gloucestershire’s threshold matrix – Journey of need: a child’s journey of need including threshold matrix .

This document will be reviewed in November 2018.