What s Going On to safeguard children and young people from sexual exploitation? : A data monitoring Tool

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1 What s Going On to safeguard children and young people from sexual exploitation? : A data monitoring Tool Introduction In 2009 the government published guidance on Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation. This was supplementary to Working Together and was directed at Local Children Safeguarding Boards and all agencies with practitioners who come into contact with children and young people and who therefore have a role to play in the identification and support of young people who may be at risk of or experiencing sexual exploitation, and the disruption and prosecution of their abusers. The way that the guidance has been implemented in local areas has been the subject of a 2 year Comic Relief funded research project, carried out by the International Centre for the Study of Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People at the University of Bedfordshire. During the course of that project, which involved over 100 interviews with practitioners, the research team created and piloted a data monitoring tool which has subsequently been used to collect both local and national data on the prevalence and nature of child sexual exploitation. The UK Government Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Action Plan 2011 notes the need for continued data monitoring to assess nature and prevalence of Child Sexual Exploitation. This Data Monitoring Tool will be used by the Child Exploitation On Line Protection Agency (CEOP) to underpin future national data collection. In the main however, it is hoped that the tool will be useful to all agencies, both statutory and voluntary, who are engaged in work with child sexual exploitation. Guidance notes Please read the guidance notes before you proceed to complete the data monitoring tool. For any questions about using the form or for further information about aims and purpose, please contact Cara Senouni who will pass on your enquiry to a relevant staff member from the Bedfordshire University Team. Data Monitoring Tool The data monitoring tool is divided in nine different sections, each in a different box: 1. Administrative information: requests information on the person completing the form and the source of information for each case provided. 2. Personal information: requests some personal data on each child, including age, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and disability. 3. Nature of risk: requests information on social care intervention and the type of support provided to the child. 4. Nature of exploitation: requests information on pathway to sexual exploitation for each child, including who had initiated sexual exploitation, the method of coercion used and what the child is known to have been involved in. 5. Living situation: requests background information on living arrangements for each child, including whether the child lives in a rural or urban location, who the child/young person is living with and type of accommodation. 6. Education/employment/training: requests some more information on the child/young person s access to education and/or employment and training.

2 7. Health issues: requests information on the health issues of each child/young person, including whether there is substance misuse, sexual health matters or mental health concerns. 8. risk factors: allows you to add some more information about other risk factor to the child/young person, including a child s child protection history, missing incidences, domestic violence. 9. Criminal justice issues: requests information on criminal justice issues, including on police involvement, status of investigation and court proceedings and whether it led to no further action. For each case (or child), you should fill in a separate individual form. Start by filling in your details, the agency that you work for and the agency(ies) that have provided information on the child. In the personal section for the case, introduce a unique identifier. Include three capital letters that represent your local area followed by three numbers. For example, if you are in Tower Hamlets borough, introduce THL001 for the first case (or child), THL002, for the second case, THL003 for the third, etc. Each case should be in a different form (file or word document). Use the checkbox and the space provided to complete the form. Only if it is indicated, choose more than one option from the drop-down lists provided. Acronyms Here is a list of what the acronyms used in the form mean: CSE: child sexual exploitation CAMHS: child and adolescent mental health service S47: section 47 ABC: acceptable behaviour contract ASBO: anti-social behaviour order Final te Please have a look at the form before you start completing it. Familiarise yourself with the each of the boxes available and the drop-down menus before you start and if you have any further questions or you are unsure as to what information to put in and/or what a heading means, do contact me before you start inputting any information.

3 1. Administrative information 1.a. Role of person completing form 1.b. Agency that person completing form works for 1.c. agencies or individuals who have provided data 2. Personal details 2.a. Unique identifier 2.b. Current age 2.c. Age at first assessment (or when first identified as at risk of cse) 2.d. Ethnicity 2.e. Nationality if known to you 2.f. Gender 2.g. Sexual identity 2.h. Disability/ies In years (whole number only) In months (whole number between 0-12 only) In years (whole number only) In months (whole number between 0-12 only) White Mixed Asian Black Caribbean Black African Chinese Female Male Transgender Bisexual Gay Heterosexual Lesbian Physical disability Learning difficulty

4 3. Social Care Responses and Outcomes 3.a. Outcome of social care or strategy meeting (Select as many options as relevant to this child) 3.b. Main focus of support provided 3.c. Indicate level of need (This follows the London procedures cse assessment framework. Please indicate the level of risk relevant to this child and provide some further information in the field provided) Child Protection Plan (CPP) Child in Need (CiN) Looked After Child (LAC) Team around the child (TAC) Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Strategy meeting scheduled Multi-agency planning meeting Victim support from criminal Special worker but no CPP or CiN Criminal proceedings against child/young person Criminal proceedings against abuser Specific CSE care plan Holistic approach by your service further action (ie no social care/strategy meeting) Please, provide some further information here Helping child recognise abuse process Self-esteem work Boosting resilience Alcohol misuse Substance misuse Sexual health Mental health Education Family support Criminal behaviour type of support At risk Medium risk High risk Please, provide some further information here

5 4. Nature of exploitation 4.a. Who initiated sexual exploitation 4.b. Method of coercion used 4.c. Nature of sexual exploitation Older boyfriend/girlfriend Single adult Peer boyfriend/girlfriend young person(s) Relative Network of perpetrators Grooming by an older individual Pressure from exploited peer Gang related activity Through local business (eg taxi firms, fast food) Through social networking sites Through internet with no physical contact use of internet Use of mobile phones/bluetooth Risky behaviour Swapping sex Commercial sexual exploitation Controlling behaviour of child Moved from location to location within the UK Moved between countries Please provide some further information here about selected options

6 5. Current living situation 5.a. Nature of location 5.b. Living situation 5.c. Location if with family 5.d. Location if looked after 5.e. Legal status if looked after 5.f. Location if in secure/custody 5.g. Location if independent Rural Town City With family Looked after Secure/custody Independent, even if vulnerable Co-habiting Family home Kinship care Residential Children s Home Supported accommodation Local authority fostering Fostering by family/friends Private (non local authority) fostering Residential School Bed and breakfast Section 20 - voluntary accommodation Section 25 secure order Section 31 - interim care order Section 38 - full care order Placement order Supervision order Residence order Special guardianship order Remand to Local Authority Secure accommodation Youth Offending Institution (YOI) Adult prison Supported accommodation Living alone Living with friends Hostel/B&B Vulnerably housed (eg squatting) Sofa surfing Street homeless (go to 5.c) (go to 5.d & 5.e) (go to 5.f) (go to 5.g)

7 6. Education/employment/training 6.a. Education 6.b. Statemented 6.c. Training/employment At school/college(full time) At school/college (part time timetable) Temporary exclusion Permanent exclusion Attending Pupil Referral Unit Truanting Missing from education (not on school roll) longer in education Plan to meet additional needs Vocational training In employment Unemployed 7. Health issues 7.a. Alcohol misuse identified 7.b. Substance misuse identified 7.c. Sexual health issues known/diagnosed 7.d. Mental health needs known/diagnosed (including issues such as self-harming) If yes, please specify If yes, please specify type of substance Child is a parent Previous pregnancies Previous abortion ne If yes, please specify if CAMHS support in place and tier

8 7.e. Emotional health needs known or diagnosed (including issues such as low self-esteem) If yes, please specify 8. risk factors 8.a. Child care history 8.b. Missing incidence (please, select as many options as relevant to this child) 8.c. Domestic violence 8.d. violence A history of child protection issues Identified as a child in need (s17) prior to risk of cse Common assessment framework (CAF) previous child protection issues ne reported Less than 10 missing episodes More than 10 missing episodes Missing but you don t know incidence Length of missing episodes increasing Length of missing episodes decreasing Experienced domestic violence Witnessed domestic violence Experienced and witnessed domestic violence Experienced sexual violence Suspected experienced sexual violence Experienced peer on peer violence Suspected experienced peer on peer violence Experienced other type of violence Please, specify here type Suspected experienced other type of violence Please, specify here type

9 9. Criminal justice issues 9.a. Criminal justice issues (relevant to this child) 9.b. Police action (in case against child abusers) 9.c. Investigation initiated (in case against child abusers) 9.d. further action (in case against child abusers) 9.e. Court proceedings (in case against child abusers) Child with ABC/ASBO or equivalent Child committed offence(s) Child cautioned Child suspected of some criminal issues Child victim of crime Child known to Youth Offending Services Disruption activities Bail conditions ne action Ongoing In process Conviction secured Complete but no conviction status

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