Slough Safeguarding Children

Criminal exploitation of children

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for our new exploitation strategy published March 1st.More news to follow on a local action plan.

Pan Berkshire Child Exploitation Group

Children as young as 10 and sometimes even younger are being put in danger by people who are taking advantage of how vulnerable they are.

Are you concerned that a child is being exploited?

Our new screening tool CLICK HERE will help you.

This tool is for anyone who works with children, including those who work in the voluntary sector. If you are worried that a child may be being exploited, this tool gives you a list of indicators to help you work it out and take appropriate action.Often, children do not recognise themselves as victims, or that they are being groomed, and as a result disclosures of such abuse can be unlikely. Therefore, this indicator tool aids the identification of exploitation. If you are concerned a child is being exploited, complete the tool and make a referral. Click on this link for further information on how to make a referral. https://www.scstrust.co.uk/first-contact/

If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger dial 999

Investigators CLICK HERE for the new risk analysis and indicator tool

The National Working Group, on the link below, contains a full range of up to date information on CSE

https://www.nwgnetwork.org/ 

CSE CUE CARD JULY 2018 ( A quick reference guide  for professionals)

CSE and Missing Referral Process - A referral process flowchart for First Contact, MASH and CSE/missing manager

Largely for those investigating and/or receiving referrals, this tool helps to analyse available information and understand the risk issues for the child.

 Protocol thames valley police and childrens social care missing children

The Pan Berkshire Child exploitation group brings together agencies across Berkshire to develop a cohesive approach to Child exploitation.

The terms of reference are in this link;    Pan Berkshire CE TOR

Contact betty.lynch@slough.gov.uk

Sharing intelligence

Everyone in Slough can help safeguarding vulnerable people by sharing information with police when they have a concern that someone or a group of individuals may be exploited. This could lead to their protection. Information may at first seem unimportant, but when pieced together with other information the police have, it may lead to someone being made safe.

When promoting awareness about exploitation in the general community in Slough. The links below and phone numbers in them will be promoted to encourage the local community to share information if they suspect exploitation.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre-form

Sharing intelligence: The role of the professional community including volunteers

All staff working or volunteering in Slough should be aware of what we mean by "intelligence" and what to do if they have a concern about . 

Police intelligence BRIEFING NOTE

POLICE INTELLIGENCE FORM 

The Slough MACE Panel has been established (March 2020)  to ensure there is a multi-agency risk management focus on children and young people who have been exploited or are at risk of exploitation in Slough.

This includes:  

  • Children at risk of sexual exploitation
  • Children at risk of criminal exploitation
  • Children who are involved with gangs, county lines and serious youth violence.

The Panel will maintain an overview of risk management and disruption planning and inform multi-agency and strategic priorities for prevention and intervention activities for vulnerable young people in Slough.

The Panel aims to reduce risks to children and young people by developing a contextual understanding of the links between victims and offenders, locations and hotspots, identifying themes and trends, and using this knowledge to inform diversionary measures, intervention, disruption and enforcement.  

The Panel will facilitate focused multi-agency discussions for each young person primarily concentrating on what disruptive and diversionary measures can be implemented to address the identified risks of exploitation, missing and abuse, it will achieve this by:

  • Understanding the relationship links and how exploitation is occurring between perpetrators and the victims.
  • Triangulating and sharing intelligence/information from partners to ensure all agencies are working together to address abuse and exploitation
  • Mapping victims, perpetrators, local hotspot addresses through data analysis to provide a strategic oversight of trends and themes to inform a strategic partnership response and/or resource allocation
  • Assessing the effectiveness of interventions in place to reduce risk
  • Identifying and highlighting service gaps and barriers to the Slough Safeguarding Partnership.

The MACE does not at any point replace or hold responsibility for the management and oversight of any individual child’s case, this responsibility remains with the agency that has lead professional responsibility and those supporting multi-agency plans.

REFERRAL PROCESS

Any partner agency may refer a case to be discussed at MACE.

All referrals will be made using a simple MACE referral form;

All referrals must be accompanied by the CE screening tool CLICK HERE

Referral is made to MACEpanel@scstrust.co.uk

A pre MACE screening will be held approximately 10 days prior to the Panel; at this meeting the Chairs (Slough Children’s Services Trust and Thames Valley Police) will briefly discuss referrals to determine if the child should be heard at MACE.

Initial screening will take into account:

  • The referral form.
  • The completed risk screening tool (if referred by partners) or the risk assessment tool (if referred by SCST or YOT).
  • Any other intelligence available at the time of screening.

Once the agenda is agreed the Police Safeguarding Team will apply the risk factors evident using the RFG (Recency, Frequency and Gravity) score to inform discussion and evaluation of risk at the meeting.

Additional information may be sought from partner agencies to inform the discussion and risk rating.

The meeting will be minuted and these will be distributed to partners with any actions identified to be followed through.

It will be the responsibility of representative agencies to ensure information is recorded within their own systems.

MEETING PROCESS

MACE will take place on a monthly basis and all meetings will be held in Observatory House (virtually during COVID19 restriction periods)

Meetings will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be held in two parts to allow efficient use of resources and time.

MACE will be chaired jointly by Thames Valley Police and Slough Children’s Services Trust.

An agreed risk rating will be identified using the information from the RFG tool, information from partners.

MACE will focus on those cases that are rated as high or medium with the expectation that low level risks are managed in the framework of multi-agency working.

The meeting agenda will be held in two parts, part one which focuses on criminal exploitation and gangs and youth violence, part two focuses on sexual exploitation as follows:

Agenda

The agenda will follow the agreed format of:

  • Welcome and Introduction.
  • Confidentiality Statement.

 Part One

Children at risk of criminal exploitation and those involved in gangs, county lines and serious youth violence.

New referrals

Ongoing monitoring of children at high and medium risk

Persons of interest

Locations of interest

Disruption activity

Part Two

Children at risk of sexual exploitation

New referrals

Ongoing monitoring of children at high and medium risk

Persons of interest

Locations of interest

Disruption activity

GOVERNANCE

MACE is overseen by the Slough Safeguarding Partnership which is made up of the key statutory partners who provide a strategic overview of the work of child exploitation in Slough.

MACE will report to the Tactical Group on a quarterly basis and will contribute to ongoing partnership working to develop the multi-agency approach to contextual safeguardi

INFORMATION SHARING AGREEMENT

Information sharing is supported through the Pan Berkshire Information Sharing Agreement which has been signed up to be all partners https://www.proceduresonline.com/berks/slough/p_info_sharing.html

CHAIRING ARRANGEMENTS

The meeting will be jointly chaired by Thames Valley Police and Slough Children’s Services Trust.

The Chairs will be responsible for:

  • Triaging referrals two weeks before each meeting to ensure the appropriate cases are discussed.
  • Ensuring the meeting runs to time and the agenda is effectively managed.
  • Agreeing with partners where a case needs to be escalated in line with the agreed escalation protocol for the group (see below).
  • Reporting to the Slough Safeguarding Partnership and Tactical Group as required.

MEMBERSHIP

    It is recognised that no single agency holds all the information required to effectively assess the needs or fully assess the risk to children and young people when dealing with child exploitation.

    In the majority of cases the support of more than one agency is necessary to ensure the longer term safety and support of children and young people.

    Where a member is unable to attend a suitable substitute should be sent in order to ensure a consistent multi-agency representation and focus on agreed risk ratings.

    Additional agencies may be represented on a case by case basis where they have particular knowledge of a case or may be pivotal in contributing to risk management of a case or assisting in achieving one of the groups’ stated aims. Attendance of that representative must be agreed in consultation with the Chair prior to the meeting.

    Members of the group will be responsible for:

    • Attending all meetings of the group or providing a deputy who is fully conversant with the agenda, able to provide updates on any previous actions for their agency and in a position to undertake to complete any new actions set by the group.
    • Reviewing the agenda prior to the meeting and come to the meeting prepared.
    • Researching information held by their agency about individual cases of concern listed for discussion on the agenda.
    • Contribute fully to the discussion and risk rating for each child.
    • Maintaining confidentiality at all times and working within the Information Sharing Agreement.
    • Ensuring that a record of the meeting is included in the child’s records for each individual agency.

    ESCALATION

      Actions will be reviewed at each MACE meeting and if recommended actions aren’t completed within the specified timeframe then the Chair/s will raise this with the workers manager in any partner organisation.

      Where an issue of concern is identified in relation to one or more of the partner agencies the Chair/s will write to the Senior Leaders within the agency to formally raise the concerns using the Safeguarding Partnership issues resolution protocol https://www.proceduresonline.com/berks/slough/p_conflict_res.html

      Where an issue arises that is of strategic significance or there is concern regarding any organisation the Chair/s will raise the concerns to the Safeguarding Partnership via the Safeguarding Partnership Manager.