Child Exploitation Information for Professionals
Guidance for professionals:
As part of the MKSB strategy to tackle CSE refreshed guidance is now available which includes advice on using the CSE screening tool and sets out the process to be followed if agencies have CSE concerns about individual children and young people. Included in the process is information about how cases are referred for discussion at the Multi- Agency Risk Management Meeting (MARMM) During a MARM meeting a range of social care, police, health and voluntary sector professionals will scrutinise the plans and actions in place to protect the child, disrupt any CSE activity and deal with potential and actual perpetrators. The MARMM helps to coordinate multi agency activity and hold partners to account for delivery of agreed actions. The MARMM also brings together information and intelligence to assist in building and maintaining a picture of CSE in Milton Keynes. The purpose of the screening tool is to enable professionals to consider a child’s level of risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in a quick and consistent manner. The screening tool can be applied to all children (male and female) under the age of 18 years. This screening tool should be used by anyone who has a concern that a child may be being sexually exploited. Important points to remember when considering CSE:
- Both girls and boys can be victims of child sexual exploitation and are equally vulnerable.
- The coercer(s) and perpetrator(s) are usually an adult(s), but children and young people can also act in a sexually abusive way towards other young people or exert power eg group/gang members of either gender.
- Children and young people may exchange or sell sex as a result of constrained choices such as poverty, isolation and historic abuse.
- Although it is rare, parents/carers may be involved in the sexual exploitation of their children.
- Groups of children and multiple perpetrators may be involved (organised abuse).
- No child under 13 years should be assessed as Low Risk if behaviours indicate a risk of CSE.
- No child with a learning disability should be assessed as Low Risk if behaviours indicate involvement in or risk of CSE.
- Be aware: disclosure of information by the child may take time and evident risks may only emerge during ongoing assessment, support and interventions with the child and/or family.
- Click here to download the child exploitation indicator tool.
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
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