Research from Barnardo’s shows the alarming increase in statistics of the number of children and young people involved in C.S.E ( Child Sexual Exploitation) cases of abuse with 97% of C.S.E taking place via social media (Digital Dangers 2016). All adults with responsibilities for children and young people need to have knowledge and awareness of C.S.E and safeguarding to ensure the safety and security of the child or young person is paramount. It is important to remember any child or young person can be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation regardless of age, culture, sexuality, ability and background. It can happen to boys as well as girls.


Karen established her C.A.T. Training service following 26 years of working as an Advanced Practitioner and Senior Youth Worker for Lancashire County Councils Young Peoples Service. Karen is a qualified teacher, experienced trainer and youth worker with extensive experience of working with children and young people in Lancashire. Karen has knowledge and understanding of the significance of Child Sexual Exploitation as part of children and young people’s Safeguarding, well-being and vulnerability.

Karen completed training as part of Lancashire County Council, “Safe & Sound – Just Whistle” CSE specialist trainers and PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation).