Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - March 2017

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Welcome to March's edition of the Cumbria LSCB Newsletter.  This month's newsletter is brought to you by the LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing from Home Subgroup (CSE/MFH).

LSCB Response to CSE

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Cumbria LSCB identified Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing from Home as a key priority in its 2016-19 Business Plan.  The LSCB works with partners to raise awareness of the risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, and ensure that those professionals working with children and young people at risk of, or victims of, this type of crime are protected and supported.

The LSCB CSE/MFH Subgroup has three strands to it, Strategic, Working and Oversight.

  • The Strategic Group retains an overview of the CSE delivery plans and its implementation.
  • The Working Group monitors the effectiveness of multi-agency working, including monitoring practices of agencies to ensure procedures are followed.
  • The Oversight Group that provides Cumbria-wide multi-agency tracking and oversight of individual young people and perpetrators where there are indicators of high going missing vulnerability and active CSE.

The group's membership is made up of colleagues from Children's Services, Health, Police, Education and the Third Sector.


What is Child Sexual Exploitation?

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In February 2017 the Department of Education (DfE) published a new definition and guidance for professionals working to protect children from child sexual exploitation.

'Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse.  It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.  The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual.  Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.'

Any child or young person may be at risk of sexual exploitation, regardless of their family background or other circumstances.  Both girls and boys are at risk of sexual exploitation.

The updated definition is the definition used into our CSE procedure, the procedure also includes information on risks, indicators, and protection and action to be taken.


CSE Awareness Day - Facebook Chat

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The third National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is taking place this Saturday 18th March 2017.  The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.  Nationally NWG are holding a Thunderclap event on 18th March.  Professionals can sign up here to show their support.

To help highlight CSE in Cumbria we're working with partners including Cumbria Police, Cumbria County Council Children's Services, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust and the NSPCC, to hold a Facebook chat on Thursday 16th March at 5-7pm.

Join the chat and ask your questions about Child Sexual Exploitation - whether you're a young person who is concerned about a friend, or a parent who wants to be able to spot the signs of CSE.

During the event there will also be a link to ask questions anonymously.

Click to join the chat www.facebook.com/cumbriapolice

To raise awareness Cumbria Police have teamed up with students from Carlisle College to warn other young people of the dangers of 'sexting'.  A force Snapchat account (username: cumbriacops) has been launched, and to mark the occasion media students aged 17-19 from Carlisle College are doing a 'takeover' of the account for the week.  Follow the account to find out more.


Updated CSE and MFH Procedures

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Did you know that the CSE and Children Missing from Care or Home procedures have been updated?

The updated procedures went live on 23rd February 2017 and can be accessed here. 

Following feedback from professionals and findings from a recent audit , we have included three process flowcharts in the CSE procedure which map out the process for professionals who suspect a child may be at risk of or currently experiencing exploitation.

The CSE procedure also includes:

  • CSE Screening Tool
  • CSE Risk Assessment Tool
  • CSE Risk Indicators Guidance Sheet for Practitioners
  • Cumbria Categories of CSE
  • CSE Multi-Agency Safety Plan
  • Disruption Tool
  • Joint CSE High Level Case Concern Toolkit

You can register for alerts for when our procedures, policies and guidance are updated? Register Now.


CSE Training 2017/18

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In 2017/18 the LSCB will provide four  levels of CSE training:

  1. E-learning which is for all professionals in Cumbria working with children and young people and aims to increase general awareness of the main issues in the sexual exploitation of children and young people;
  2. Half day awareness raising workshops which aim to raise all professionals' awareness of CSE and their role in identifying and addressing it;
  3. Full day workshops which are for practitioners who work directly with children who have experienced Child Sexual Exploitation or Sexual Violence or are at risk of exploitation.  The full day workshops aim to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute to safeguarding children and young people at risk of or suffering sexual exploitation.
  4. Full day targeted 'specialist' level workshops for front line social workers, specialist child abuse investigators, members of the youth offending service, personal advisors and IROs.  The focus of these workshops will include managing risk, attachment and managing disclosures.

Dates for the training will be published at the end of March and these along with other safeguarding training can found on the training section of the LSCB website.


CSE/MFH Subgroup visits to the Practitioner Forums

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In January 2017 members of the CSE/MFH Subgroup attended the Practitioner Forums and undertook a CSE workshop with attendees.  The group visited the forums to try and raise awareness of CSE, share what it looks like in Cumbria and to inform practitioners of the LSCB response to CSE highlighting the CSE procedure and associated tools.

We would like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who attended the forums and took part in the workshops.  The resources which were shared at the forum can be found here.

The CSE/MFH Subgroup will be attending the forums on an annual basis and look forward to seeing you again in January 2018.

See the Practitioner Forum section of our website for further information.


Support Services for Parents of Victims of CSE

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The LSCB CSE/MFH Working Group have undertaken a piece of work mapping out what support services are available for parents of children in Cumbria who have been victims of CSE.

These can be found on the Parent/Carer CSE section of our website.