ESCB Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Bulletin - July 2016


Welcome to the July 2016 edition of the CSE Bulletin


I Didn't Know...Safer Seafront Campaign launches today!

We know that our seafront communities are a popular gathering place for young people, but this comes with a risk, and research has shown higher levels of CSE incidents in these locations.

So that’s why we’re now targeting our successful countywide I Didn’t Know campaign to our regions seafronts.

Leisure industry employees, particularly those working at night, are the eyes and ears of Essex’s streets. With the help of our communities, we can make the county a safer place to live and work.

Leisure industry staff may encounter victims of child sexual exploitation when they visit their venue to meet their abusers or to engage in sexual activity with them on or around the premises. They may also grow familiar with the people involved due to repeated visits.

This community safety booklet contains lots of information for those working in leisure industries to help them play their vital role in protecting the county’s young people from abuse.

Essex CSE Information

Clare Livens

Clare Livens – Child Sexual Exploitation Project Manager
Clare's July blog is now live on the ESCB website, keeping you up to date on activities that are being undertaken to tackle child sexual exploitation across the partner agencies. This quarter's blog includes information on the I Didn't Know Campaign, the awareness raising work being done with schools and information on NWG membership. Read Clare's full blog here.

Missing Children – Where to go for help
Most children and young people who go missing return the same day and some incidents concern children and young people who are late home and for whom there are no other concerns. However, very often running away/ going missing is an indicator of underlying problems which need further intervention such as:

  • Problems at home / family conflict
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Placement issues if Looked After by the Local Authority
  • Wanting to harm themselves
  • Issues at school including exclusion & bullying
  • Pressure from friends/ associates
  • Sexual exploitation/ trafficking
  • Wanting to buy / use alcohol or drugs

Statutory guidance requires local authorities to offer independent missing return interviews (in Essex, we call them ‘Missing Chats’) to all missing children.  Missing Chats provide an opportunity to uncover information that can help protect children from the risk of further missing episodes, from risks they may be exposed to whilst missing or from risk factors in their home or local community.  A good return interview can:

  • Provide understanding and address the reasons why a child has run away
  • Identify harm that may have occurred whilst the child was away
  • Allow professionals to identify actions to address and prevent further risks
  • Help children feel safe
  • Provide children with information on how to stay safe.

Missing Chats
Essex County Council is committed to raising the number of Missing Chats conducted.  Missing Chats are carried out by an independent person who is trained.  However, sometimes; a child or young person may ask a professional with whom they have a trusted relationship to conduct this.  The Involvement Service will assist through this process.

If you aware of a child or young person who has been missing, please ask them if they would like a Missing Chat.  To help you explain the benefits of a Missing Chat to children and young people, this leaflet may help.  For further advice the Involvement Service can be contacted by email (please note that this email is for Missing chats only.) 

Essex County Council has also signed up to the Runaways Charter which sets out how young runaways should be treated.

Children and young people can also contact the Runaway Helpline, which offers instant access advice for children and young people who are thinking of running away, or who have run away. The Runaway helpline can also be contacted by sending a free text message to 116 000.

Views from young people around Naked Selfies
In July young peer trainers delivered a ‘Having Fun or Losing Control’ workshop in two schools. Working with groups of up to 20 young people in years 8 – 10, the workshops gave the pupils an opportunity to explore their understanding of CSE. In both workshops understanding and awareness of online CSE was a significant talking point. Many young people talked about having sent naked selfies and not having the understanding of the impact this could have. Several young people talked about the ‘normalisation’ of naked selfies, that it was just something they did ‘because it was easier than them keep hassling you or being called frigid’. The selfie sum activity appeared to have a significant impact on the young people, providing an opportunity to discuss the risks of naked selfies and explore tactics for refusing to send pictures and alternative ways to show commitment and affection.

CSE Updates from Essex Police
Essex Police has evolved massively and continues to do so, placing more emphasis on vulnerable persons. The world of Missing can encapsulate any risk and is often a pre-curser of there being a problem or an issue which can rapidly escalate. To this end there are 10 Missing Person Liaison Officers (MPLO’s) who work closely with their command and other Essex police teams, like Child Sexual Exploitation Triage TeamChild Abuse Investigation TeamSexual Offences Investigation Team and Local Policing Area. There has also been a very recent introduction of Children and Young person officers, who will also work closely with the MPLO’s.

What is important is that Police know who is in their area and the risks posed to the individuals, so information sharing is vital, not just from outside agencies to police, but across the board. The Missing person database that is used contains information around these missing persons, and is used to highlight risks to an individual. 

Get to know the MPLO
There are are dedicated MPLO’s in each area who will work closely with you, and will be able to assist in safeguarding and ultimately reduce missing episodes of repeat missing persons.

Jonathan Shepherd 42007998 – Basildon
Donna Gingell 42008966 – Thurrock
Natalia Golinska 42076992 – Loughton
Maddy Hewitt 42008358 – Rayleigh
Jessica Clarke 42076660 – Southend
Anneliese Skinner 42076433 – Braintree
Amanda Tomlinson 42006615 – Clacton
Daniel Brown 42074785 – Colchester
Carly Double 42074656 – Chelmsford

Education linked to CSE and Missing
Many children and young people who go missing from home/care and are vulnerable to CSE and vulnerability is increased where children and young people are on part timetables, attending alterative provisions of a reduced table or not on school role. 

Did you know about the Education Forum?

  • It was set up as a multi-agency forum to find solutions to cases where children were not accessing full time education and there is no progress.
  • It enables Family Operations and other agencies to refer their concerns regarding children on part time timetables.
  • Missing Education and Child Employment Service (MECES), Alternative Education Commissioning Service (AECS), Family Solutions, Family Operations, Youth Offending Service, Statutory Assessment Service are represented at forum.
  • Cases must have been referred to MECES/AECS before referring to the forum.

If you would like more information about the Education Forum and you think a child or young person would benefit from presentation at the forum, please contact the team for more information.

Essex Rape Crisis Partnership Information
There is a new Essex-wide partnership between South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC), Centre for Action on Rape & Abuse (CARA) and Southend on Sea Rape Crisis (SOSRC) that has been operational from 1 April 2016. The Essex Rape Crisis partnership services will support sexual violence victims and survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. 

The Essex Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned the Essex Rape Crisis Partnership as a commitment to provide quality sexual violence support in Essex. This innovative partnership will work towards using the latest technology to ensure access to specialist sexual violence support services across Essex is available. The partnership will develop a single point of contact telephone number during the first year of service delivery. 

The Rape Crisis partnership has launched a secure central online referral process for professionals and for self-referrals, which can be accessed through any of the website links below: 

CARA 01206 769795
SERICC 01375 381322  
SOSRC 01702 667590  

Referrals for criminal justice support (ISVA service), Therapeutic support (wrap around service) can now be made online either via the referral icon on any of the above centres websites; you can make a referral for a survivor from any area of Essex via any of the websites. Alternatively you can make a referral for survivors from any area in Essex here.

Children in Care Council (CiCC) scoop awards
The Cicc Change makers group won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the youth awards on 30th June for their 'I didn't know' film. There were a great number of young people nominated and the competition was high so congratulations to the Children in Care Council. 

Updates for CSE Champions

National Working Group Update – Recommended e-learning
In March 2015, the Government announced it would establish a new national taskforce to help local areas faced with significant concerns relating to child sexual exploitation. The establishment of this ‘taskforce’ is part of the cross-government Home Office led child sexual exploitation action plan.

The Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister for Children and Families agreed that the taskforce should be named the ‘Child Sexual Exploitation Response Unit’ (the Unit).  The NWG Network (NWG) is delighted to be taking forward this important role.

For more information, take a look at the open and closing conference speech.

CSE Champions Training
If you are the lead in your organisation for CSE and have not done your Champions training there are dates on the ESCB website.

General CSE Information


MindED Mental Health E-Portal
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.  MindEd is suitable for all adults working with, or caring for, infants, children or teenagers; all the information provided is quality assured by experts, useful, and easy to understand. It aims to give adults who care for, or work with, young people:

  • the knowledge to support their wellbeing
  • the understanding to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition
  • the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help

The Brooke Serious Case Review into Child Sexual Exploitation
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board has published the final report of a serious case review into Operation Brooke. Key findings include:

  • the multi-agency system is not set up to provide an effective and timely response for adolescents with a complexity of needs;
  • professionals can struggle to distinguish between sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and/or underage sexual activity;
  • there is a pattern of focusing more on stopping victims having further contact with perpetrators and less on disrupting and preventing the abuse and prosecuting the perpetrators.

The full report can be found here.

Participation of young people in child sexual exploitation services
The Alexi Project has published a scoping review of the literature which focuses on the participation of young people in child sexual exploitation (CSE) services. Findings include:

  • young people affected by CSE often have considerable knowledge and skill in navigating between services, and are able to identify what is effective;
  • young people value the way that CSE services recognise them as individuals, listen and take their views seriously, and provide a flexible and friendly approach.

Resources for Children and Young People to find out about Child Sexual Exploitation and Online Safety

CEOP’s Think You Know
This provides latest information on popular sites children and young people like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what can be done about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. The site breaks information into age ranges:  5 – 7 years; 8 – 10 years; 11 – 13 years; 14+ years; parent/carer; teacher/trainer - so something for everyone.

Wud U

Wud U? App 
Wud U? is a free educational tool that aims to show young people the behaviours that could put them at risk of being sexually exploited, through illustrated, interactive stories.  Wud U? will help you to present sensitive issues to your group of young people. You will be able to discuss the decisions they would make if they were in the same situations as the characters in the stories. The app also offers advice about these decisions. Read more.