Safeguarding and exploitation

It is the responsibility of all organisation and partners to ensure that they work with children in a way that ensures that they are considering their safety and wellbeing.

This section of the Youth Justice Resource Hub is concerned with guidance, tools, policies and procedures to help ensure that youth justice partners are able to work in a way that supports safeguarding and reduces the harm caused by exploitation.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour Among Children and Young People - NICE Guidance, covers children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour, including those on remand or serving community or custodial sentences. It aims to ensure these problems don’t escalate and possibly lead to them being charged with a sexual offence. It also aims to ensure no-one is unnecessarily referred to…
Troubled Lives, Tragic Consequences is a thematic review of a group of older children who have committed very grave offences or were the victims of serious harm. The review aimed to understand the common themes in the lives of these older children, relating it to systemic practice and academic research.
This protocol provided by Barnet Children's Services sets out the process for providing an immediate and proportional operational response to a serious incident involving a young person who is either a victim or perpetrator of gang activity. The process requires a review of the initial action plan after 5 working days and before transition into business as usual.
Barnado’s have published the report Working with Children who are victims or at risk of sexual exploitation, setting out models and processes used to work with children and young people who have been sexually exploited. The report updates Barnardo's '4As' model of support and has been developed for a broad audience, including those who wish to learn about effective and…
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.
Pathways to Harm, Pathways to Protection (July 2016) analyses 293 Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents which occurred between 1 April 2011-31 March 2014. The significant body of learning contained in this Triennial Analysis (and previous reports) is an essential resource to help prevent and protect against the maltreatment of infants, children and young people.
The Prevent Duty Guidance is in regards to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which contains a duty on specified authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
Serious Case Reviews and Exploitation Through Radicalisation report was commissioned by Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to evaluate multi-agency responses to vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation through radicalisation. It follows the deaths of two brothers, ‘W’ and ‘X,’ in Syria in 2014. They had received services from local agencies in the Brighton & Hove area…
Summary:  The award-winning simulations offer a safe way to explore child protection situations.     The University of Kent Centre for Child Protection have made available online their award-winning simulations which offer a safe way to explore child protection situations; they provide an innovative way to reflect, evaluate, practice and learn. Professionals and young people have the opportunity to immerse…
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…
Summary: The NSPCC have developed the Harmful sexual behaviour framework. This framework aims to help youth justice practitioners improve multi-agency responses to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours. It aims to provide a coordinated and consistent approach to recognising the risks and needs of this vulnerable group. The framework was developed by the NSPCC in conjunction with Research in Practice and…
Summary: The aim of the Inquiry, and this report, Now I know it was Wrong: Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Support and Sanctions for Children who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour, is to probe whether legislation, policy and practice are fit to protect our children in the society they are growing up in today, and to pre-empt the risks that…
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