Statutory guidance

Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation

Statutory guidance outlining how organisations and individuals should work together to protect young people from sexual exploitation.


This statutory guidance is for:

  • local authorities
  • local safeguarding children boards
  • professionals working with children, young people and families

It was issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970.

It covers the prevention of sexual exploitation, the protection of children and young people who are being or are at risk of being sexually exploited, as well as the disruption and prosecution of offenders.