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.

Summary: The Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Board, provides strategic oversight of missing, exploited and trafficked children in the Borough of Lewisham. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims To safeguard children and young people from harm as a result of going missing; child sexual exploitation; or trafficking (or exploitation arising as a consequence of being the victim of…
The National Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Strategy (for England and for Wales) were developed by The Children’s Society, Victim Support and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) following scoping and exercises looking at trends relating to child sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse.   The strategies can be used to inform good practice and support regional strategies and…
Summary: This statutory guidance  focuses on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.     Working Together to Safeguard Children Statutory Guidance (July 2018) replaces the 2015 version. Please note that this statutory guidance applies to Local Authorities and schools. The guidance has also been adapted for young people and younger children.  
Summary:  The framework outlines the roles and responsibilities of the youth offending service, Children Social Care, Police, health and education in carrying out a multi-agency assessment for children that display harmful sexual behaviour. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To develop and maintain clear, consistent agreements and working practices relating to how professionals respond to confirmed incidents…
Summary: The attachment below has been developed to support youth offending teams in the identification and management of children's involvement in extremism.     Managing Extremism for Under 18s Practice Advice (attached below) includes the risks of radicalisation and dealing with those arrested and convicted of Terrorist Act 2000 (TACT) offences.  The attached practice advice also includes definitions of extremism…
Summary: NCATS offers assessments and treatment of children and young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour.     National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS), which is part of NSPCC, is a national service which offers assessments and treatment of children and young people, up to the age of 21 who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour and provides consultation…
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   Aims: 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…
In April 2019, the Home Office published the Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit: Disruption Tactics, which is aimed at front line staff to support their work around safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation. The toolkit is split into six areas: Abduction and trafficking Behaviour Sexual offences Location Victim care Other options In addition to the six areas, the disruption toolkit…
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the process that is used to record and refer potential victims of modern/human trafficking. The purpose of the NRM is to support evidence gathering process so that a child (or adult) can be referred for specialised support. Please click here for the home office referral and assessment forms (for children and adults) The Children’s…
Summary: The CSE Police and Prevention website has various sections of interest for staff woking with children in the youth justice system.     The Children’s Society as part of the National Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Programme for England and Wales, in partnership with Victim Support and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have created a website, CSE…
Summary: This guide provides practical information to staff to safeguard children.     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…
Summary: This research report is focused on disadvantaged young people's experiences of violence and control in intimate relationships.     Standing on My Own Two Feet’: Disadvantaged Teenagers, Intimate Partner Violence  and Coercive Control is a NSPCC research report focusing on disadvantaged young people’s experiences of violence and control in intimate relationships. 
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