Key Safeguarding Agendas

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The NSPCC define child sexual exploitation (CSE) as a type of sexual abuse. Children in exploitative situations and relationships receive something such as gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them (this includes online abuse).

Leicestershire Police have made available the following film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming.
Based on the story of teenager Kayleigh Haywood, the film highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening.

Kayleigh's Love Story - Full Version

If you are worried that CSE may be affecting any children or young people in your area, please read the LSCB procedures.

Free e-learning can also be accessed via Pace

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

NHS Choices defines female genital mutilation (FGM) as a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there's no medical reason for this to be done.

FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse.
It's very painful and can seriously harm the health of women and girls. It can also cause long-term problems with sex, childbirth and mental health.

If you are worried that FGM may be affecting any children or young people in your area, please read the LSCB procedures.

Neglect Toolkit

The NSPCC defines neglect as the ongoing failure to meet a child's basic needs and is the most common form of child abuse. A child may be left hungry or dirty, without adequate clothing, shelter, supervision, medical or health care. A child may be put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm. The damage to children from neglect has been a feature in both local and national serious case reviews.

The Neglect Toolkit across LLR has been designed to identify neglect earlier within families, supporting parents to enable change through partnership working, in order to reduce the impact of neglect on the emotional and physical wellbeing of children.

Domestic Abuse

The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional
  • FGM
  • Honor-based violence
  • Forced marriage

For professional support and advice related to issues of domestic abuse in LLR, please contact UAVA on 0116 255 0004.

Practitioners can also find out more online about the DASH RIC Assessment Tool


Prevent is about identifying people who may be at risk of radicalisation and supporting them to change direction in a way that will help them.

Prevent sets out to support those people who may be vulnerable to extremist ideologies before they cross the threshold into criminal activity.

Prevent work covers all forms of potential terrorism, such as Al Qaeda, ISIL (Islamic State in Sharm and the Levant) inspired, the far right, Irish republican, animal rights, faith-based extremism and others.

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is a marriage that takes place without the consent of one or both spouses and duress is involved. This is now a criminal offence in England and Wales.

This could include both physical pressure (threats or violence) or emotional pressure to marry.

In some cases, people may be taken abroad without knowing that they are to be married. When they arrive in the country their passports may be taken by their family to try and stop them returning home.

Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and a form of domestic abuse - it can also be a form of child abuse, including sexual abuse. Victims of forced marriage have included children below the age of legal marriage in the UK.

Free e-learning can also be accessed via the Safeguarding Children e-Academy