Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation
Across the West Midlands Local Safeguarding Children Boards are working together to combat Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The Home Office have seconded a Senior Civil Servant, Stephen Rimmer, for two year period to help co-ordinate regional activity and develop a strategic programme of improvement to combat CSE. The group held a regional conference this month and have begun work on enhancing the sharing of cross border intelligence which can be used to better target police operations and agencies support.
In Birmingham multi-agency action is delivered through a CSE Sub-Group responsible for implementation of the citywide strategy and operational delivery. The BSCB have funded a full time operations manager to target disruption activity and help bring perpetrators to justice. Two operational sub-groups coordinator a range of support where concerns are identified that children are at risk to child abuse.
In November 2013, Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board ratified the revised Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy and approved a range of measures to further strengthen partnership working across the region and in Birmingham.
"The strategy has the strong support of Stephen Rimmer, the new lead across the West Midlands for Preventing Violence against Vulnerable People. He will be working with the Board to ensure its effective implementation, and that good practice is shared across the region."
Click image below; to download the Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy
See Me Hear Me Campaign - Go to http://www.seeme-hearme.org.uk/
The See Me Here Me Campaign was launched in June 2014, by Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull councils along with West Midlands Police and other partners, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
The Campaign follows the development of the See Me Hear Me framework, which sets out how agencies across the West Midlands work together to prevent, respond to and support victims.
The framework was developed by the seven councils, West Midlands Police and partner organisations, including Barnardos and PACE and is based on recommendations from the Office of the Children's Commissioner.
Tools and Referral Forms:
Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool - Click Here
Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Tool - Click Here
Practice Guidance on Dealing with Child Sexual Exploitation - Click Here
West Midlands Metropolitan Area CSE Distruption Toolkit - Click Here
Want to know more?
What to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused – please click on the following link for the DfE Step by Step guide for frontline practitioners.