Preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation across England and Wales

We are working with Victim Support to deliver a service aimed at preventing and lowering incidences of child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSA/E) across England and Wales.

What do we do?

We provide a network of 10 specialist CSA/E Prevention Officers; 1 in each of the 10 policing regions. The CSA/E Prevention Officers work alongside Police CSE Coordinators and Analysts, academics and local services to develop strategies to reduce child sexual abuse and exploitation, preferably before it has taken place.

The CSA/E Prevention Officers work to:

  • Collect intelligence and bring insight on the current nature of the CSA/ E threat through partnership engagement
  • Identify CSA/E ‘hot spots’ and priority areas
  • Provide tactical advice
  • Help bridge gaps in evidence-based knowledge 
  • Coordinate the involvement of relevant local organisations and CSA/E prevention provision in their area
  • Deliver targeted CSA/E prevention activities.

What do we aim to achieve?

  • Reduce the risk of CSA/E
  • Increase awareness of CSA/E – especially amongst children and communities who might not currently be receiving mainstream messages
  • Improve identification of CSA/E risk and the likelihood of appropriate action being taken
  • Reduce the number of children going missing from identified high risk locations
  • Support the Police to increase their understanding of the threat from child sexual abuse and exploitation and facilitate a greater focus on CSA/ E Prevention.

Who is this service available to?

The programme is available across England and Wales and is delivered in line with CSA/E reduction strategy plans developed in partnership with local Police and other agencies. To find out more about what is happening in your region get in touch with your relevant Service Manager.

Contact Us

North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands and West Midlands Regional Policing Regions
Danielle Amann (Service Manager – North)
m: 07718 792 103

Eastern, London, South East, South West and Wales Policing Regions
Ruth Stainsbury (Service Manager – South)
m: 07900 180 189

Please note: this programme is about child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention and is not to be confused with the Government’s 'prevent strategy' which focusses on counter terrorism.


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