ESCB Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Bulletin - October 2017


Welcome to the October 2017 CSE Bulletin

Essex CSE Information

Clare Livens Blog


ESCB’s Child Exploitation Project Manager talks about Anti-Slavery Day, the local #BeAVoice campaign and provides an update on the CSE whole workforce consultation. Read her October blog here.

ESCB CSE Basic Awareness Training & Child Missing Training Packages

ESCB have developed a child sexual exploitation basic awareness package and children missing package that can be delivered in team meetings and staff development sessions by the CSE champion or safeguarding lead.

Each package takes about 20 to 50 minutes to deliver (dependent on if the activities are used). There are facilitator notes suggested activities throughout the presentation.

Find out more and access the training packages on our website.

NWG Online Training - unavailable until March 2018

NWG’s online training is on hold until March 2018 while they develop a new training package.

In the meantime, if you are looking for online basic awareness training, we recommend the Pace online course, which can be accessed here.

Poem about Healthy Relationships by the Young Person’s Choices Group

Choices Poem

And loyalty is a must
Trustworthy is what I deserve,
However you show these,
You must not manipulate me

Excitement is due,
Always love me,
I need you to listen,
Never leave me, to cheat,
Include me,
Please understand and remember this

The Choices Programme Award nomination

The ‘Choices’ programme has been nominated within the Safeguarding category at this year’s Children and Young People Now awards. Delivered by the ECC Children and Families Involvement Team, ‘Choices’ is a bespoke six-week peer-led programme for young women aged between 13-16 years old who are at risk of CSE or going missing.

The programme is aimed at helping them to understand issues impacting their lives and building their confidence when making decisions. Amongst other things, it gives the young people a chance to meet and talk about their experiences/issues in a safe environment, as well as helping them to explore their understanding of healthy relationships, reflect on their experiences and explore opportunities to make changes. To date it has seen some really positive effects, particularly around young people being able to better identify risky behaviour and understand the impact of risk and how to manage it.

For further information about Choices please contact

CSE Champions Forums

Champions Forum

Champions Forums are coming up and dates have been released for November 2017 and January/February 2018. The November sessions will focus on understanding perpetrators and multi-agency planning and supporting parents and the January and February 2018 sessions will focus on working with adolescents and working with children and young people; facilitated by young people. You can book your place by visiting the ESCB website.

If you’re interested in becoming a champion please see the website for details of how to qualify. All champions will be expected to attend one CSE Champions Forum per year.

Children At Risk of Exploitation (CARE) update

CARE are having a busy month due to a large number of high risk CSE referrals coming in.  If you are waiting feedback from a referral then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01245 493311 or

Have a CSE enquiry or looking for some resources?  Feel free to speak to any member of our team:

  • Service Manager: Sarah Simpkin
  • CARE practitioners: Rosie Spindler, Natalie Davies, Laura Reed
  • CARE Group worker: Sophie Taylor
  • CARE Boys and young men’s worker: Ela Ward

Essex Police update

D/SUPT Tracey Harman Head of Operations and Proactive, Crime & Public Protection Command.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish DS Louise Wilson good luck in her new role as Staff Officer to the Deputy Chief Constable in relation to the National Public Order portfolio.

Louise has been instrumental in the setup and development of the police Missing Person Liaison Officers role and has been a huge contributor to the work around the Memorandum of Understanding with Children’s Homes, MACE and other work around CSE and Missing and establishing the role of Missing Person Liaison Officer into the Community Partnership Hubs.

DS Dominique Savory will be taking over the role and we wish both Louise and Dominique success in their new challenges.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all partners of the importance of sharing information around CSE and to pass it to the police to ensure an effective identification of emerging threats.

Currently, the County has four large scale investigations declared as complex and organised abuse and are working with partners to investigate and disrupt these criminal groups. The county are committed to supporting those at risk, identifying perpetrators and disrupting their activity and sharing your concerns is vital to this process.

CSE Health Check within Essex Police

Some of you may be aware that the NWG have been in force to provide a “health check” to Essex Police to ensure our response to CSE is appropriate and to ensure we are always identifying areas to develop and excel at. They visited the week of the 25th September and whilst we have not received the full report, the early feedback was very positive. Good knowledge on the frontline, early flagging and identification of risk and subsequent identification of complex and organised abuse is well developed. Partnership links and support for victims is also well established and working well. They liked the Operations Centre and Child Triage Team and felt the embedding of Missing Person Liaison Officers and Child and Young People Officers within community hubs was excellent. In order to provide an excellent response there are areas to further develop and our investigative capability and links to Operation Raptor, our gangs response, is the focus.


Anti-Slavery Day – 18th October 2017

Support the #BeAVoice Campaign

Could you identify the signs that a person is being trafficked, enslaved or exploited? Would you know how to support a potential victim?

This local campaign in Essex is all about asking members of the public to spot the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking and reporting to the relevant people.

Messages will focus on young people being groomed and exploited as part of the trafficking and slavery process.


Online child exploitation and abuse resources

NCA-CEOP (National Crime Agency – Child Exploitation Online Protection Command) has launched a website to support professionals across the children’s workforce to deliver education and raise awareness of online CSE and abuse. The Thinkyouknow website includes a searchable resource library and information about training opportunities. 

Using social media to teach young people about sex and relationships

An article in the Guardian newspaper reports on how the first Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing is using social media and apps to teach young people about sex and relationships.

Home Office County Lines Guidance: Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults

ESCB reported back in July on published Home Office Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines; the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, market and coastal towns. Access the guidance here.

Supporting parents of sexually exploited young people

This report from the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse highlights parents’ needs, system challenges, and examples of the latest approaches to supporting parents and their children where sexual exploitation has occurred.

It focuses on parents rather than the broader category of parents and carers: it does not specifically address the support needs of foster, residential or other non-parent carers but the content will be of relevance to those groups. 

Lack of support for CSE victims from justice system

A study by Barnardo’s has found that children involved in criminal justice processes relating to CSE are not getting enough support. 

Research through interviews with victims has found that aggressive cross-examination and police interviews can make young people feel they are not believed or are to blame for their abuse. They also find the criminal justice process “complicated and confusing”. 

Barnardo’s recommends offering CSE victims independent, one-to-one support to guide them through their case. Read the press release and Journey to Justice report.

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