The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

What to do if you are concerned that a child is at risk of/experiencing CSE

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

If as a professional you believe that a child has suffered or is likely to suffer significant harm or have any other child protection concerns do not delay and contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub team to discuss your concerns, and follow in writing on the Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) as detailed in the guidance for professionals.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Phone: 020 8496 2310 (Monday - Thursday 9am-5.15pm and Fri 9am-5pm)
Out of Hours Tel: 020 8496 3000
Fax: 020 8496 2313

There are several local specialist services who can provide advice and guidance to professionals and also direct support to children where there are concerns about CSE. For further information on these services, or for further advice about CSE you can contact the Borough's Child Sexual Exploitation Coordinator Lisa Witherden on 07715 901256.

Responding to Sexting and Managing Sexting Incidents

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has produced advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of 'sexting.' The advice aims to support them in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present including responding to disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations and involving other agencies. The advice also contains information about preventative education, working with parents and reporting imagery to providers.

For additional support around how to respond to incidences of sexting in school follow this link to the Resources area of the Thinkuknow website to download a guide on how schools can handle this.

Logged-in users can also download below a two-page poster from the UK Safer Internet Centre about responding to sexting and managing sexting incidents.

Links to further useful resources around sexting/youth produced imagery.


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Last updated: 
Thursday, 2 February, 2017
Last updated: 2 February 2017 by Barry Fong