Welcome to the October 2016 edition of the CSE Bulletin
Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Manager updates us on recent work
around CSE over the last few months, including the Safer Seafront Campaign and
current developments, like the CSE Schools Project. Find out more here
to have someone working with you who is not too formal, not asking questions
all the time, just lets you be you. It feels like you can talk to them more"
Community Engagement Officer at the Involvement Team, in ECC Family Operations
tells us more about the peer delivered group work and 1-2-1 support their team
provides to young people, who are vulnerable to CSE and / or going
Some of the focus of
this work is about understanding what young people believe works in supporting
them. Young people's feedback is varied; but a number have indicated how they
have become engaged in this work:
"I don't just
want to talk about it all the time; it’s good to do other things"
patronise young people, I might have messed up but I'm not stupid"
A young person in Essex shares her experiences of child sexual
exploitation with the Involvement Team (ECC Family Operations), read her
Operations Centre Triage Team
Essex Police has implemented a new Public Protection centralised
Operations Centre Triage Team. Within this, is incorporated the roles and
functions of the previously known ‘Child Sexual Exploitation Triage Team’,
which will be the primary point of contact for Public Protection related
referrals from partner agencies.
The Triage Team is
subdivided into a Child and Adult Triage Teams, supported by Missing Person
Liaison Officers (MPLOs), Hate Crime Officers (HCOs) and an Intelligence
Support Team. The Child Triage Team will manage all child abuse (including
online) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) referrals. The Adult Triage
Team will manage all vulnerable adult referrals.
How to contact the Triage Team (Child or Adult)
If there is an immediate threat to life or safety, Essex Police should
be contacted on 999.
Urgent response to a referral is required – no immediate threat to life
Between the hours of 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday:
Contact the Triage Team directly by telephone: 101, ext. 180022 or 180043.
For urgent cases a verbal referral will initially be accepted however it
is requested that the original referral be supported by a written referral, as
soon as the urgency of the situation has been reduced.
Outside of the above hours:
Contact the relevant Geographical Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT)
via the Essex Police Force Control room. There are now 6 CAIT: Colchester
– Chelmsford – Basildon – Southend – Grays & Harlow.
Non-Urgent response to a referral required:
It is requested that the referral be in writing.
Email the Triage Team at OC.email@example.com
General Update Enquiries:
Where there is or has been a police investigation relating to the
specific matter in which an update is required then contact should be made
directly with the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the investigation.
Essex Police Awards
Essex Police are also
proud to announce that, at the recent Essex Police Awards event, D/S Louise
Wilson (Missing Persons) was awarded runner up for the George Cook award in
recognition of outstanding commitment to public service and was also nominated
for police officer of the year award, in recognition of service and commitment
to the people of Essex.
In the July Bulletin
we highlighted the important role that the MPLOs play and provided the names
and contact details for them. These roles are success stories, as MPLOs
are continuously forging excellent working relationships with children’s home
staff and the children themselves. MPLOs across the county have actually
located missing children by building trusting professional relationships with
the children themselves, contacting them by mobile and meeting up with them to
ensure their safe return.
Recent analysis of Missing Chats (independent missing return interviews)
offers some insight into the reasons why young people go missing in Essex. You
can read about the findings from the MISSING training presentation here, including contact details for further
CARE (Children at
Risk of Exploitation)
welcomed in their new CSE project worker. Rosie Spindler will be working with
all young people aged 11-24 at risk of CSE; delivering both 1:1 and group work.
Boys and Young Men
called LEAP has recently been commissioned to co-deliver on group work for boys
and young men in Heybridge. This will cover topics that the boys and young men
have raised themselves that they would like to discuss, including conflict
resolution, healthy relationships, gender and identity.
The 1:1 work being
done with boys and young men in Essex has highlighted that a lot of the issues
and needs for them are around drugs (plugging) and gang association. The
majority of those worked with are White British, aged 15-16 years old and are
being referred by the police and known to youth offending. This highlights gaps
in BME communities, LGBTQ young people and those who are being exploited
through online & social media whilst exploring their sexuality, so over the
next year, CARE will focus on better identifying and support those that are
currently not reached.
Gavin McKenna has now
left the CARE team, which is currently recruiting for a new Boys and Young Men
worker. Interested or know someone who is? Why not apply by visiting The
Children’s Society’s website. In the meantime, Nutoyah Lewis from
the London team, will be working with CARE for two days a week to help with
CARE continues to
receive a high level of referrals. Although the team aim to respond to
enquiries within two weeks, this has not always been possible, so please
contact CARE on 01245 493311 if you are yet to receive a
‘Forget if it’s a boy
or girl, look for the warning signs!’
The BLAST Project,
one of the UK’s largest service’s dedicated to tackling male child sexual
exploitation (CSE), has reported a 32 per cent increase in the number of boys
being identified and referred for support. CSE in Boys and Young Men is
massively hidden and often overshadowed by headlines about grooming gangs
targeting young girls.
Many misinterpret the
warning signs as being associated with drugs, crime and anti-social behaviour,
but these signs, along with unknown whereabouts, secretive behaviour,
unaccounted for gifts and associations with people of concern are clear
indicators of potential sexual exploitation.
It could be a boy who
perhaps has an older boyfriend or older girlfriend, invited to a party or it
could be that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless of the
situation CARE are challenging people by saying, ‘forget if it’s a boy or girl,
look for the warning signs!’
Following a successful launch in March, the ‘I Didn’t Know’ CSE Campaign
has been given recognition with TWO recent award wins. The campaign, which was
a collaboration between Essex Police, Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding
Children Boards, won the Gold Award for the Best Public Sector Campaign at the
Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards. Judges felt it was a
well-planned and sensitively delivered campaign that brought this important
subject to targeted audiences, which managed to challenge assumptions in a way
that connected with a range of different people.
It also won the
Partnership Working category at Essex County Council’s You Make the Difference
in Essex Awards, which recognises inspirational individuals and teams from across
the organisation. Watch the Campaign Team for Child Exploitation video.
These organisations have really helpful websites. The Sexual Assault
Referral Centre (Essex SARC) offers a range of services to men,
women and children who have been a victim of rape or sexual assault; while the Essex
Victims’ Gateway provides information and advice on what to do and
how to get help if you have been a victim of crime in Essex, Southend or
There have been some
issues raised within the North of Essex in terms of accessing the SARC in
Brentwood (Oakwood Place). However, using the Ipswich SARC remains an option
where victims feel more comfortable or it is more convenient. Clearly it
is preferable for victims to use the Brentwood SARC as the support structures,
such as ISVAs, are in place within that SARC and different arrangements will be
in place out of area. Links with local Police will be easier in Essex too, but
other SARCs can be used where it is in the victims’ interests.
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Time to listen: A joined up approach to Child Sexual Exploitation
and Missing has been published following the five recent joint targeted
inspections (JTAIs). The main message focuses on how local agencies
are responding to child sexual exploitation (CSE) and missing children. Read
the report here
A report has been developed by the Parent
Action Group within Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) on the
role of parents in safeguarding children.
Issues raised include
how parents are often the first to identify signs that something is seriously
wrong with their child, yet most parents do not know the warning signs of CSE
and despite good practice in some areas, there appear to be barriers to effectively
involving parents in safeguarding; the stereotype of the dysfunctional family
as the cause of a child’s being vulnerable can distract attention away from the
The Scottish Government, in collaboration with YoungScot, have produced
a short film about the process of creating
live Snapchat story: ‘A Bad Romance’, to tackle CSE. Issues discussed include
using a social media platform, which is very popular with young people, to
create a targeted campaign, and collaborating with young people to develop the
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education Group has
published non-statutory advice for schools and colleges
on responding to incidents of sexting. This includes, responding to
disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations, involving
other agencies, information on preventative education, working with parents and
reporting imagery to providers.
The NSPCC and FACTs International conducted a survey of parents and
carers to find out what they know about sexting and how they can be better
supported to help their children.
Key findings include how half of parents
are unaware that it is illegal for a child to take a naked or sexual image of
themselves and feedback from parents that they would like to receive
information on healthy relationships and tips on how to start conversations
New advice for
parents tackling issues surrounding sexting has also been published and can be
The CSE Response Unit is for professionals from all sectors who want to understand
and improve their response to CSE, trafficking and modern slavery.
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