Working with Child Sexual Exploitation or CSE as it is sometimes referred to can be deeply challenging. To support this work; BASHH and Brook have teamed up to create a practical, helpful and genuinely useful form for workers to use to support spotting the signs of abuse, in particular child exploitation. The proforma is designed to be integrated into a sexual health intervention, such a as a visit to a clinical setting, or a C-Card intervention in a formal or informal setting.

The guidance provides questions to help practitioners identify a young person’s circumstances or behaviours – including non verbal signs – that may be cause for concern and indicate the young person’s needs. It also reminds practitioners never to make assumptions about a young person based upon cultural, social or sexual stereotypes

The proforma was written by Dr Karen Rogstad of BASHH and Georgia Johnston of Brook, and was developed with the support of a multi-agency advisory board and working group, including focus groups of young people from across the UK. The proforma is for use with young people under 18, and was piloted in a range of services including GUM clinics, specialist young people’s services and General Practice.

There is different guidance in different areas click the hyperlinks here for Gloucestershire and one for Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and Devon and a different guidance again for Somerset.

Another useful (free!) resource is the Brook traffic light tool for assessing healthy and unhealthy behaviours amongst young people at different key stages. It is being widely used in Cornwall and is a free download. We use it in interventions, training and would recommend it.

Training is available in many places; here at Eddystone, we would encourage you to consider healthy and unhealthy sexual relationships and the qualities of these. For more information about training, give us a ring. 08003283508 /01752 254406