Multiagency Mapping: Collaborative Response to County Lines and Child Criminal Exploitation - County Lines Pathfinder (April 2022)

Summary: County Lines Pathfinder have shared their multiagency mapping process, terms of reference and observations to support partnership work for children at risk or who are being criminally exploited. 



County Lines Pathfinder have shared their multiagency place-based mapping process overview which aims to test innovative ways of working across the partnership with a focus on ensuring that all agencies are taking an effective practice collaborative response to County Lines and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) across the County.

The aim of the multiagency place-based mapping is to bring together those tasked with safeguarding and those responsible for disruption and enforcement to ensure a joined-up response.

It involves a series of multiagency meetings in which information about a particular cohort of children at risk or about a particular location is gathered and shared. A map is then produced of children linked to the core cohort (friends/siblings/cousins/neighbours/etc) to consider whether they are also likely to be at risk exploitation. It ensures referrals are made early where children are currently not known to services. And where they are known, it ensures the professionals working with the child are aware of and addressing the risks.

The first mapping meeting aims to understand the cohort through review of data, intelligence, patterns, and trends. Objectives of the place-based mapping are then agreed and recorded.

Subsequent meetings use a triangular approach: victims, locations and offenders are considered to specify the problem. The problem is then defined and responded to using the OSARA problem solving method (Objective, Scanning, Analysis, Response, Assessment).

County Lines Pathfinder, have also shared; understanding County Lines in Cambridgeshire: how challenges can be mitigated through place based mapping. A method to improve whole system understanding of county lines and exploitation within a complex 2-tier Local Authority. This is a paper is based on the observations of the county lines Pathfinder lead and feedback obtained from various sources including baseline focus groups, CSP interviews and responses and liaison with the Joint Safeguarding Partnership Strategic Exploitation Lead (it is not a research papaer).




Partner Organisation: Cambridgeshire County Council  
Name:  Dave Sargent