The Anna Freud National Centre for children and Families, holds information around trauma and the impact on children and young people.  Their website, also has a section for practitioners working with young people.


The Department for Education has published, The Aycliffe CSE Innovation ProjectThe evaluation report is concerned about sexual exploitation and the difficulties of keeping exploited young people safe in the community, which has resulted in more referrals of sexually exploited young women to secure accommodation.

The central question being tested by the pilot was: can secure accommodation provide a therapeutic environment, engage sexually exploited young people with appropriate therapeutic support and support their transitions into a safer life in the community? 

Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery (Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities) sets out the steps that local authorities and staff running local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements should take to plan for the provision of support for looked-after children who are unaccompanied migrant children, and who may be victims, or potential victims, of modern slavery.

Summary: The toolkit is aimed at those working directly with children identified as vulnerable to exploitation.
Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: n/a



  • Supporting children’s understanding of gangs and the associated risks.
  • Supporting children’s understanding of exploitation, the different ways they could be exploited, and how to identify and avoid it.
  • Support the children exploring the risks in their behaviour.
  • Building effective relationships between practitioner and child.




The toolkit is aimed at those working directly with children identified as vulnerable to exploitation. It is presented as a selection of individual activities that can be completed on a 1:1 basis or as part of a group work programme.

The toolkit aims to help build resilience in children by facilitating their understanding of the risks involved exploitation, while letting them explore their own understanding of their behaviour and environments. It seeks to help them identify and realise the dangers that are posed by becoming involved in drug related activity.

Child drugs exploitation is one on the many elements of Child Criminal Exploitation which may also include, County lines involvement, child sexual exploitation and Modern slavery.

The toolkit has been developed with the full involvement of young people and in conjunction with the Police and Children’s social care.



Implementing the Practice:

  • This programme is used with any child who is considered at risk of being involved in drug or gang activity.
  • A specialist Substance Misuse and Exploitation team has been established and they have been trained in the use of the toolkit and deliver the sessions with the children.
  • The substance Misuses and Exploitation team has volunteers that they are able to use to support the work with the children.
  • The toolkit is used flexibly, based on the needs of the individual child.
  • Following each session, the children are able to provide feedback.
  • Laptops, pens and paper will be required for this programme.




YOT: Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service
Name: Jenny Bryan
Phone: 01865816500



Published in Practice Examples
Monday, 30 October 2017 11:25

Child Outcomes Research Consortium

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Their website has access to a collection of resources including research reports, toolkits and case studies, relevant to young people and mental health.

Published in Knowledge and Evidence

Child Sexual Exploitation: Advice for Staff is a pocket guide to provide practical information to staff to safeguard children and young people. Areas included cover:

  • What is Child Sexual Exploitation including signs and indicators
  • Where children and young people are likely to be targeted
  • Information sharing
  • What to do if you are concerned about a child or young person

Hard copies of the guide are available by contacting Lisa Cooper, Chair NHS England CSE Sub-Group (  

Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners is designed to support practitioners in their work with young people. The guide contains the definition of child sexual exploitation, potential vulnerabilities and indicators of abuse and appropriate action to take in response.

Children and Young People Who Engage in Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour is a study by NSPCC around harmful sexual behaviour assisted by technology by children and young people. The research set out to explore the following:

  • how many young people participating in our service for harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) have engaged in Technology Assisted (TA)-HSB
  • their backgrounds and characteristics
  • links between TA-HSB and offline HSB
  • how professionals respond to TA-HSB
Friday, 17 November 2017 14:32

Concordat on Children in Custody

The Concordat on Children in Custody, is a recognition of the importance of all agencies working together to ensure that legal duties are met in regards to children. A diverse group of agencies have contributed to this document, in recognition of the fact that a child’s journey from arrest to court is overseen by a variety of professionals with varying duties.

Friday, 29 September 2017 10:38

Counter-Terrorism and Extremism

The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (the Act) places a duty on certain bodies (“specified authorities” listed in Schedule 6 to the Act), in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This includes local authorities and Youth Offending Teams.

Counter-terrorism and extremism, which can result from individuals being radicalised are complex subjects and it is essential that all staff and volunteers working with young people and their families have some knowledge around the subject.  Below are the links to available guidance, training, and information about counter-terrorism, extremism and radicalisation on the Resource Hub and YJILS.


The following guidance is available on the Resource Hub:


YJILS has links to the following (please note you will need to log in to YJILS to access the resources) 


The following case study is available on the Resource Hub

Prevent Case Study – Havering YOS


Should you have any concerns or questions about Counter-Terrorism or Prevent you should initially make contact with your local authority Prevent Lead or the Prevent Lead from your local police service. 

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