Child Sexual Exploitation
Warrington Safeguarding Children Board together with Cheshire East; Cheshire West and Chester and Halton Safeguarding Children Board’s have developed a Pan Cheshire Strategy and Protocol on how agencies should work together when dealing with children and young people who have been or are at risk of sexual exploitation. (The Strategy and Protocol can be found in the links section of this page). The protocol incorporates a CSE Screening Tool to help you identfy children and young people who are being sexually exploited. (The screening tool together with guidance on how to use the tool can be found in the links section of this page).
How multi – agencies respond to child sexual exploitation within Warrington is governed by a Pan Cheshire steering group, Warrington Safeguarding Children Board has a sub group of its main board devoted to child sexual exploitation and an operational group known as MCSETO (MCSETO stands for Missing, CSE and Trafficked Operational Group). The Terms of Reference for this group can be found in the links section of this page. Any child or Young person who is being sexually exploited or at risk of sexual exploitation can be referred to the group (The form for referring cases to MCSETO can be found in the links section of this page).
Cheshire Constabulary with other partners have created a website ‘Know and See’ for young people which gives advice about identifying the signs of abuse. Information leaflets and a poster created by Know and See for you to download and print off are available in the links section of this page.
‘Time to listen’: a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children. Key findings and recommendations from joint targeted area inspections of 5 local areas in England.
Between April – August 2016, Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation carried out Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAIs) of the multi-agency response to CSE and children missing from home, care or education in South Tyneside, Oxfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Croydon and Liverpool.
The main message from the report is that although CSE is a complex form of child abuse, it is possible to take action to prevent it.
The report can be found via the attached link: ‘Time to listen’
CSE definition and guide for practitioners
Department for Education has published CSE guidance which includes a definition, potential vulnerabilities and indicators of abuse and appropriate action to take in response.
The guidance can be accessed via the attached link: DfE CSE Guidance
The University of Bedfordshire has written a Research in Practice document providing greater detail and can be accessed via the attached link: University of Beds