Child Sexual Exploitation

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board has worked with the LSCBs in Southampton, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Barnardos Hampshire to produce a Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (MET) Information Guide.

Exploitation as referred to in this information guide covers criminality, modern slavery (both within the UK and from abroad), trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The purpose of the 4LSCB MET Information Guide is to:

  • Ensure that the Police, local authorities, education settings, health establishments and other agencies work together effectively and share a consistent approach to tackling these child protection issues
  • Formalise the exchange of information between agencies
  • Provide a framework for the identification of risk
  • Establish a quality assurance process to monitor and evaluate arrangements

The 4LSCB MET Information Guide should be read in conjunction with Portsmouth’s MET Strategy. This strategy is supplementary to the information guide and sets out the vision and ambition in Portsmouth; what our data tells us are the key priority areas to address; what services are available in Portsmouth to support delivery against this strategy; and what the governance arrangements are in order to monitor delivery against this strategy so that the Board is able to articulate what difference it is having for improving outcomes for children.

The PSCB has also worked with partners to produce a One Minute Guide on Child Sexual Exploitation. The aim is to provide a succinct summary of the key issues, what workers should do if they are concerned a child is being exploited; an overview of the criminal law framework around CSE; and where workers can go for more information

The PSCB has also developed a CSE Risk Assessment Toolkit which should to help you identify whether a child is at risk of sexual exploitation and what the appropriate response it. Please take time to read this toolkit and familiarise yourself with the vulnerability factors that will help you recognise a child who is at risk of CSE.

For certain agencies (see criteria on form) that have time limited contact with children (13-17), please access the shortened version to quickly help to identify children at risk of sexual exploitation.

CSE messages from research

The Centre for expertise on child sexual abuse has published a series of briefing papers bringing together messages from research on child sexual exploitation (CSE) with implications for practice and strategic commissioning. The briefing paper’s aim is to increase professionals’ confidence in taking appropriate action based on the best current research evidence and cover professionals in school settings; multi-agency working; staff working in health settings; and commissioning health care services.

The PSCB was involved with Operation Make Safe at the Portsmouth Guildhall on 26/27 September 2016.  Please follow this link to access the  presentation and the posters that explain to pubs, taxi drivers and hotels the warning signs to look for.

Criminal Exploitation

Children and young people may also be vulnerable to other forms of exploitation, such as criminal exploitation.  To help those working with children the Department for Education has written the following guidance to help you recognise the signs and respond appropriately: Criminal Exploitation of Children: County Lines Guidance

You may also find the following useful: Moving Drugs and Cash Along County Lines – What we know about the Exploitation of Children and Young People by Criminal Gangs and Networks

The Children’s Society have produced some leaflets for parents that explain criminal exploitation and what to do if they’re worried their child may be a victim of this. They have been produced in English, Arabic, Bengali, Polish, Portugese and Somali, and are a useful resource to share with family members.

Community partnership information (CPI)

Hampshire police would like partner agencies to submit intelligence on CPI Form to ensure we build intelligence cases on perpetrators who are exploiting children, and to ensure that the police have accurate information to safeguard children when for instance they go missing.  Please click here for further information.