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:  Attached is the link to the serious incident notifications standard operating procedures and serious incident reporting form.     Aims: Support Youth Offending Teams in England and Wales to notify YJB when a serious incident occurs.     Description: The Serious Incidents Notification - Standard Operating Procedures for Youth Offending Teams sets out what staff working in the youth justice…
Summary:  Attached is annual report from the County Lines Pathfinder, which summarises the aims, progress and challenges faced.    Description: The County Lines Pathfinder 20-21 Annual Report summarises the purpose, aims, and the progress that was made up to March 2021 in developing and implementing this programme of work across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. It details the challenges encountered,…
Summary:  Attached is the link to the Contextual Safeguarding Network guide support adopting contextual approaches to practice.      Description: Contextual Safeguarding Network have published a guide to support staff access the most relevant resources on the Contextual Safeguarding Network for adopting contextual approaches in practice. The guide is organised by incremental stages from learning the basics, such as the…
Summary:     Attached is the Hastings peer group assessment executive summary, which aimed to develop agency understanding of the associations within the Operation Wagon cohort; where and how children interacted with each other and how local agencies can improve safeguarding practice for victims of criminal exploitation      Description:  During COVID lockdown between March to July 2020, Children’s Services…
Summary: Attached is the dissemination proforma for SAFE team evaluation to support other Services if they were to consider implementation.   Description:The SAFE Project provides a service to children, who are known to the YOT and who are at significant risk of criminal exploitation or moderate risk of criminal exploitation who are identified as high need, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.…
Summary: Attached is the link to a several briefings concerned with learning following serious case reviews.          Description: The College of Policing have published a short briefing exploitation, county lines, threats and weapons: learning from two serious case review, following the death of Chris (Newham) and Child C (Waltham Forest). Hillingdon Local Authority Safeguarding Partnership have published…
Summary: Attached is the research report completed during the Manchester Pathfinder which looks at serious youth violence and the relationship with adverse childhood experiences.     Description: Serious Youth Violence and its relationship with Adverse Childhood Experience report, completed by Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the YJB-funded Pathfinder Project on Serious Youth Violence the research explores the nature and…
Summary:  Attached is the link to the report by the NYA concerned with exploitation of children.      Description:   The National Youth Agency, have published their report Between the Lines which looks at the changing patterns of county lines activity and criminal exploitation of young people through the pandemic, amplified by COVID-19.
Summary:  Link to the Innovate project, which looks at addressing extra-familial risk and harm including child sexual exploitation, County Lines criminal exploitation, peer-on-peer abuse, gang affiliation, and serious youth violence.     The Innovate Project is a four-year research study funded at £1.9million by the Economic and Social Research Council (one of the UK research councils).The project is working with six…
Summary:  Link to Missing People service, SafeCall for children effected by child criminal exploitation and county lines.   Missing People, through their SafeCall service offer a non-judgemental, safe space for children effected by criminal exploitation and county lines to talk about their experiences in confidence. Their service offers children reassurance, support to explore their choices and help them formulate a…
Summary: Link to the ‘are you listening’ short film to raise awareness around child sexual exploitation.   Police and partners across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with funding from the Violence Reduction Network, have created a short film, entitled ‘are you listening?' (link will take users to Leicestershire Police website) to raise awareness of child criminal exploitation in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
 Summary: Link to the contextualised safeguarding report published by HMIP.  Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP), as part of their Academic Insight series have published Contextual Safeguarding report setting out how Contextual Safeguarding has changed the response of child protection systems to children at risk of significant harm in extra-familial settings and relationships. The report gives attention to how staff…
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