Child Exploitation Information for Professionals
Guidance for professionals:
As part of the MKSB strategy to tackle exploitation refreshed local guidance for professionals working with children and families when identifying and responding to child exploitation is now available and includes advice on using the Exploitation Risk Indicator Tool. When exploring the areas of concern it is important to identify the family’s strengths and interventions in safeguarding their child. Any concerns which may indicate possible child exploitation will require you to complete the Exploitation Risk Indicator tool.
It is important to incorporate the child and parents/carers views on the concerns when completing the risk indicator tool. This indicator tool is designed to help professionals analyse information and to hypothesise that there could be a possibility of the child being exploited. It will not say for certain that this is happening and behaviour that may indicate child exploitation may also apply to wider safeguarding concerns for children.
Practitioners will need to apply their own organisation’s safeguarding policies when responding to safeguarding concerns and should attach the exploitation risk indicator tool to any Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF).
All exploitation indicator tools need to be submitted to Exploitation@milton-keynes.gov.uk where they will be discussed at Child – Missing, Exploited and Trafficked (C-MET) meeting. This meeting consists of representative from Thames Valley Police (TVP), Youth Offending Team (YOT), and Children’s Social Care (CSC). This will enable statutory services to explore any additional risks in relation to the child, and identify any trends or wider safeguarding concerns.
Cases which are being investigated or where significant concerns exist will be referred by C-MET to the Multi-Agency Risk Management Meeting (MARMM). MARMM was set up in Milton Keynes to address concerns for missing children and those at risk of exploitation and trafficking. This includes concerns about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) including county lines, gangs, forced labour and organ harvesting.
The purpose of the MARM meeting is to increase awareness of children at risk and to ensure adequate support and risk management are in place. The meetings are a forum for partner agencies to share information, provide early intervention, consider disruption options and set appropriate multi-agency risk management plans. Information may also be shared and actions set in regards to people and locations of concern.
Locality meetings enable schools and organisations from defined locations within Milton Keynes to discuss children where emerging concerns may be being identified and to provide a quarterly forum to receive information they may find beneficial in safeguarding children attending their establishment.
Practitioners need to consider that information may need to be passed to the police to assist in operations aimed at disrupting child exploitation and to enable a clearer understanding of the issues occurring within Milton Keynes. Information can be submitted using the Police Intel form – see link below.
Useful forms and guidance:
Practitioners should always refer to ‘Guidance for Professionals working with children and families when Identifying and responding to Child Exploitation’.
Link to National Referral Mechanism
Link to ‘Appropriate Language’ document
Thames Valley Police
As partners we seek every opportunity to provide support to those vulnerable young people in our communities. Part of that process is to actually identify who those vulnerable young people are and in order to do that we need to share information. Thames Valley Police ask colleagues to use the TVP Intel Form form to capture information/intelligence opportunities and submit to them. Through this format they can correctly grade and review the information that has been provided and where necessary signpost the CSE Engagement officer towards potential vulnerable young people. Thames Valley Police colleagues have also developed guidance for colleagues. This process also allows relevant information to be fed back or shared with other agencies. It is a recognised format and a document I would encourage Partners to use. Completed forms can be sent to FIHMiltonKeynes@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk