Safeguarding Information


Please find below information on the current issues in Safeguarding and the relevant national government information.


Child Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they’re given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities.

County Lines

County lines drug trafficking is the practice of trafficking drugs into rural areas and smaller towns, away from major cities. Traffickers recruit vulnerable children as drug dealers.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse.


Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a painful, non-medical, procedure undertaken on girls and young women which can seriously harm their long-term health. It is a form of child abuse and is Illegal in the UK.


Honour Based Abuse

Honour based violence is a collection of practices, which are used to control behaviour within families or other social groups to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour.  Women, men and younger members of the family can all be involved in the abuse.

Child on Child Abuse

This form of abuse occurs when there is any kind of physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse or coercive control exercised between children. It includes bullying, cyberbullying, sexual violence, harassment and sexting.


The government’s Prevent Duty Guidance defines radicalisation as “the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and extremist ideologies associated with terrorist groups”.


Up-skirting is a colloquial term referring to the action of placing equipment such as a camera or mobile phone beneath a person’s clothing to rake a voyeuristic photograph without permission.

S-o-T Safeguarding Board

Please click on the link below to access the Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Board for more information.