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Child sexual exploitation - information for professionals

Bury Phoenix Team

As part of Bury Safeguarding Children Board's work to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) within Bury, the Bury Phoenix Team was set up in July 2014, as part of Project Phoenix which emerged from the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership in April 2012 following a scoping exercise into practice in relation to child sexual exploitation.

The partnership formally agreed to improve the response to child sexual exploitation strategically, operationally and tactically under the banner of Phoenix, with the objective of making Greater Manchester a beacon of good practice nationally. Phoenix has the support of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities' Wider Leadership Team.

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Under Phoenix there are now teams in place dealing with child sexual exploitation in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. Each team deals with cases of young people being sexually exploited and offers a joined-up, multi-agency response to dealing with the problem. Phoenix provides advice, support and guidance to these teams to ensure that all professionals are working to the best standards and to improve services offered to victims and those at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Oversight and governance for the Bury Phoenix Team is placed with the Bury Safeguarding Children Board through the Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Sub Group and through its quality assurance framework.

Work to protect young people from CSE is multi-faceted and requires sound professional judgement, underpinned by a rigorous evidence base. All decisions and actions based upon these judgements must take full account of information received at the point of referral or as a consequence of subsequent enquiries of partner agencies.

The agencies which make up the Bury Phoenix Team are compliant to the Bury Safeguarding Children Board.

Any agency or provider can refer a child or young person to the Bury Phoenix Team, when there are any child sexual exploitation concerns. Referrals should be submitted to or by interagency referral form available from the Procedures and useful documents webpage.

Bury Phoenix Team Operating Principles pdf icon Bury Phoenix operating principles [1Mb] provide more detail about the team and the processes followed.  If you require any further information regarding the Bury Phoenix Team, please telephone 0161 253 5678 or email

A CSE leaflet pdf icon Child sexual exploitation leaflet [3Mb] and the It's Not Okay website provide information for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals.

Child abuse in the family environment

BSCB "Safeguarding children at risk of sexual exploitation" procedures

The updated BSCB "Safeguarding children at risk of sexual exploitation" procedures can be downloaded here pdf icon CSE Procedure [1Mb] or from Procedures and useful documents.