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 toolkit, developed by Oxfordshire YOS 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…
Summary: Link to the Home Office Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit: Disruption Tactics, aimed at practitioners to support safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation.      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…
Summary: This tool is aimed at making children aware of sexual exploitation and educare them on the issues involved. Age: 12-17 Sex: n/a Cost: no     Aims:   The tool aims to make children aware of sexual exploitation and educate them on the issues involved. Provide opportunities for children to discuss on a 1-2-1 basis the possibility of being…
In 2000 in London, an eight-year-old girl, Victoria Climbié, was murdered by her guardians. Her murder led to a public inquiry led by Lord Laming. The inquiry led to critical changes in child protection policies in the United Kingdom. If you would like to read the report, you can do so here. The Government also completed a report, 'The Protection…
Summary: The purpose of the, Research on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Young Men: A UK Scoping Study is to provide a brief synthesis of key findings from recent exploratory research on the sexual exploitation of young males in the UK. If you would like any further information, please access Barnardos directly.    
Prevent Tragedies is a UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism.
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.
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